Visitor Experience provides logistical support to the majority of programs and events at the Museum. Several departments produce programs, including Academic Programs, Corporate Relations, Curatorial, Development, Membership and Public Engagement.
The largest producer is Public Programs, a department under Curatorial. They are responsible for organizing approximately 250 free programs each year. The Hammer’s Public Programs continue to lead the field with presentations of cutting edge artists, thinkers, and drivers of contemporary culture and ideas. In addition to creating exhibition-related programming, the Museum offers a variety of regular programmed series.
Public Program series include:
- Hammer Conversations - This ongoing series pairs creative thinkers from a range of disciplines for engaging, provocative discussions on culture, science, and the arts.
- Hammer Readings - The Hammer Readings series offers a variety of reading programs featuring today’s most talented and provocative authors and poets.
- Hammer Forum - This ongoing series of timely, thought-provoking events addresses current social and political issues. This series is moderated by KPFK’s Ian Masters.
- Hammer Lectures - This wide-ranging series includes panel discussions, artist talks, gallery walkthroughs, workshops and collaborations with other community organizations, such as Zócalo Public Square and Aperture West.
- Hammer Screenings - The Hammer Screening series offers free screenings of films, including documentaries, artist’s films, and films that are not commercially released.
- Hammer Presents - Hammer Presents is a series of interdisciplinary events produced by leading musicians, filmmakers, and visual artists.
- Family Flicks – The Hammer Museum and the UCLA Film & Television Archive co-present a monthly series of classic and contemporary children’s films from around the world.
- Hammer Kids - The Hammer Museum offers a variety of fun and enriching collaborative workshops for children. Workshops are presented with 826LA, an organization dedicated to supporting students with their creative and expository skills.
- Mindful Awareness Meditation – This weekly 30-minute workshop, co-presented with the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, invites the community into the museum to participate in the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental, and emotional experiences. Mindfulness has scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being. Meditation occurs every Thursday at 12:30pm in the Billy Wilder Theater.
- Lunchtime Art Talks - Lunchtime Art Talks take place every Wednesday at 12:30pm. The Hammer’s curatorial department leads free and insightful 15-minute talks about works of art currently on view or from museum collections.