WOMEN ON THE VERGE

There’s noth­ing “stan­dard” about the Ham­mer’s next big show.

Los Angeles Confidential - - Contents - BY AN­DREW MY­ERS

On point with the cur­rent polem­i­cal po­lit­i­cal times, this Septem­ber the Ham­mer Mu­seum kicks off the sea­son with a typ­i­cally hot of­fer­ing: “Rad­i­cal Women: Latin Amer­i­can Art, 19601985.” Part of “Pa­cific Stan­dard Time: LA/ LA,” “Rad­i­cal Women” (Septem­ber 15 through De­cem­ber 31) is the first com­pre­hen­sive sur­vey of the in­ter­na­tional in­flu­ence of ex­per­i­men­tal art by women in Latin Amer­ica. Com­prised of 260 works by 116 artists from 15 coun­tries, in­clud­ing the US, the edgy mega ex­hi­bi­tion will fill the mu­seum’s just-ren­o­vated third-floor gal­leries, which in turn are part of a re­cently an­nounced Michael Maltzan-de­signed master plan that, when com­pleted by 2020, will yield the Ham­mer an ad­di­tional 40,000 square feet and a block-long pres­ence along Wil­shire Boule­vard. Di­rec­tor Ann Philbin, whose for­ward-think­ing art savvy is matched by her ob­ses­sion to build out the Ham­mer, says: “We’ve been at the fore­front of LA’s phe­nom­e­nal cul­tural growth. Now, we are over­due for a phys­i­cal up­grade, which in­cludes 60 per­cent more gallery space!”

As the ex­pan­sion heats up, gallery-go­ers can take suc­cor in the knowl­edge that po­lit­i­cal and so­cial tur­moil serves as a cat­a­lyst for artis­tic cre­ativ­ity.

That’s some­thing, right? 10899 Wil­shire Blvd., LA, 310-443-7000; ham­mer .ucla.edu

“THE HAM­MER HAS BEEN AT THE FORE­FRONT OF L.A.’S CUL­TURAL GROWTH. NOW, WE ARE OVER­DUE FOR AN UP­GRADE!” —ann philbin

How the West­wood was won: As it ex­pands its art em­pire along Wil­shire Boule­vard, the Ham­mer Mu­seum (bot­tom) kicks off “Pa­cific Stan­dard Time: LA/LA” with a com­pelling show of work by lead­ing-edge Latina women, in­clud­ing pho­tos from Martha Araujo’s 1985...

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