Monday, May 2, 2016

Event 1: Hammer Museum





I have been a student at UCLA for three years now and have always been curious as to what was inside the Hammer Museum that sits on the corner of Wilshire and Westwood. I was happy that I was finally able to find out because it was an intriguing sight to see. I walked through and looked at each exhibit, however I focused mainly on the Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957 room. 
Proof that I was there




















In this exhibit, they show artwork from the liberal arts college that was created in 1933, in Asheville, North Carolina. According to the museum's website, this is, "the first comprehensive museum exhibition in the United States to examine the history of Black Mountain College." Interestingly enough, the college was run by and for the students, as set up by John Dewey, who was a philosopher in the progressive education movement. This school set the precedent, post war, for art schools across the country.
Josef Albers, Tenayuca, 1943




 One piece that I found quite interesting was Tenayuca by Josef Albers. The piece shows the details of geometry and art, in that he uses multiple shapes and straight lines to create an extraordinary piece of art. Albers uses this oil painting to illustrate perception. When looking at he painting straight on, the image appears to be three-dimensional, but when you look at it from the side, it is two-dimensional. The way he was able to create this illusion made this my favorite piece in the exhibit. Additionally, Anni Albers's, Knot 2, was another geometrical piece that caught my eye. Although the lines were not straight, the tangled lines created an illusion to the eye that had me following each color to untangle the knots.

Anni Albers, Knot 2, 1947

Overall, my visit to the Hammer Museum was very interesting and I would definitely recommend that my classmates visit the Black Mountain College exhibit. 












https://hammer.ucla.edu/exhibitions/2016/leap-before-you-look-black-mountain-college-1933-1957/



 is the first comprehensive museum exhibition in the United States to examine the history of Black Mountain College (BMC) - See more at: https://hammer.ucla.edu/exhibitions/2016/leap-before-you-look-black-mountain-college-1933-1957/#sthash.E6qGb4CJ.dpuf

Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957

- See more at: https://hammer.ucla.edu/exhibitions/2016/leap-before-you-look-black-mountain-college-1933-1957/#sthash.E6qGb4CJ.dpuf

Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957

- See more at: https://hammer.ucla.edu/exhibitions/2016/leap-before-you-look-black-mountain-college-1933-1957/#sthash.E6qGb4CJ.dpuf

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