Language of the Birds, 2012. Film still.

Artist Lecture Series

Presented at:
Hammer Museum
Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Blvd. (at the corner of Westwood and Wilshire)
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Please check back later for 2014-2015 lectures.

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This lecture series is made possible through the generous support of the William D. Feldman Family Endowed Art Lecture Fund and is hosted by the Hammer Museum.

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Past Lectures

Photo: Lena Herzog
Thursday, May 22, 2014, 7:30pm

David Wilson

David Wilson is the director of the Museum of Jurassic Technology. He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 1974 and founded the Museum of Jurassic Technology in 1984. Since settling in its current Culver City, California location in 1988, the Museum has expanded both in terms of its public offerings, through exhibitions and associated programs, as well as in its public recognition and reputation. Mr. Wilson has produced twelve independent films, most recently under the auspices of MJT and often in conjunction with Kabinet, an arts and science-based cultural institution located in St. Petersburg, Russia. Wilson will present The Language of the Birds, which was filmed in September 2012 in Central Asian and Eastern European locations including Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, Russia, Abkhazia, and Turkey. Told as a fable of a traveler's journey to an unknown land, The Language of the Birds was shot entirely in infrared, which lends an ethereal quality to the Central Asian landscape and gives the traveler's accounts the sense of a "tale told within a dream."
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Photo: Gina Clyne
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 7:30pm

Betye Saar
Fade: The Art of Aging

Legendary Los Angeles artist Betye Saar is a recycler, a conjurer, and one of the great assemblagists of our time. With arrays of found objects ranging from the mystical to the ordinary, Saar has over her long career found ways into the darkest recesses and sweeping hopes of the American experience. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; San Francisco Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Select group exhibitions include Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 at the Hammer Museum, MoMA PS1, New York, and Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA; Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture 1945-1970 at the Getty Museum; and WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, 1965-1980 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Saar received her BA from UCLA in 1949.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 7:30pm

Lari Pittman

Lari Pittman’s meticulously layered paintings and works on paper have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Surveys of his work include those held at Le Consortium, Dijon, France; the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM); Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Institute of Contemporary Art, London; the Villa Arson, France; and the Center for Contemporary Art in Geneva, Switzerland. Pittman has been included in four Biennial Exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and showed work at Documenta X in Germany. He is a professor of painting and drawing in the UCLA Department of Art. His solo exhibition at Regen Projects, Los Angeles, opens on November 9.
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