The Hammer Museum has announced a new partnership with Art + Practice (A+P), an art and social service nonprofit created by artist Mark Bradford, philanthropist and collector Eileen Harris Norton and social activist Allan DiCastro.
The Hammer and A+P partnership develops a new model for collaborative, offsite arts programming. The debut exhibition will be titled “Charles Gaines: Librettos: Manuel de Falla/Stokely Carmichael”, a presentation of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Charles Gaines, which will be held in conjunction with an exhibit of his early work at the Hammer Museum.
Art + Practice has four spaces on its Leimert Park campus: a technology lab and classrooms for foster youth, artist lecture space, artist studios and an exhibition space for visual art. The collaboration was formed with a grant from the James Irvine Foundation that was awarded to the Hammer Museum earlier this year.
“The museum is so excited to collaborate with Art + Practice. I believe this project will extend the Hammer’s acclaimed public engagement program beyond the museum’s walls,” Hammer director Ann Philbin said. “It’s a model for how institutions — and artists —can reach out, embrace and become meaningful to an audience outside of their usual spheres.”
The Hammer will organize the exhibitions in the Art + Practice gallery space, and will also present public programs. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission are supporting the partnership. For information, call (310)443-7000, or visit www.hammer.ucla.edu.
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