GREG LYNN On view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, May 21 – September 26, 2010
Written by Morgan Kroll
Friday, 07 May 2010 07:56
This summer, the Hammer Museum will present a new sculptural work by Los Angeles-based architect Greg Lynn. A fantastical attraction for visitors of all ages, Fountain will be located in the museum’s outdoor courtyard. The work is a functioning fountain made entirely out of found large plastic children’s toys that have been cut and reassembled in multiple layers, with water spouting from its top and pooling at its base. Constructed from more than seventy-five prefabricated plastic whale and shark teeter-totters welded together and unified by the application of white automotive paint, Fountain will be a gathering place during the warm summer months.
Greg Lynn’s Fountain is the first in a new series of projects focused on architecture and design. Taking place approximately once a year over the next three years, these projects will focus on the presentation of new works by architects and designers and will be placed in different locations around the museum. Organized by Sylvia Lavin, Director of Critical Studies and MA/PhD Programs UCLArchitecture.
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Greg Lynn, the 2008 Venice Biennale Golden Lion recipient, has been a faculty member at UCLA since 1996. He is principal of Greg Lynn FORM, a design team combining specialization in exotic form and creative ease with cutting edge design, manufacturing and construction techniques germane to the aeronautic, automobile and film industries of Southern California. Forbes magazine named Lynn one of the top ten trend-setters in Architecture in 2005. In 2002 he led a group of UCLA students to participate in the Venice Biennale of Architecture. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout the world with recent exhibitions in 2008 including “Out There: Architecture Beyond Building,” Venice Biennale, “Performalism: Form, Function and Performance in Digital Architecture,” Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel; and “Greg Lynn, Blob Wall” at SCI-ARC, Los Angeles. He is the recipient of a 2004 Progressive Architecture Award, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award in 2003. His work with United Architects includes finalist competition schemes for the World Trade Center Site Design Competition and the new headquarters for the European Central Bank.
ABOUT THE HAMMER MUSEUM The Hammer Museum, a public arts unit of the University of California, Los Angeles, is dedicated to exploring the diversity of artistic expression through the ages. Its collections, exhibitions, and programs span the classic to the cutting-edge in art, architecture, and design, recognizing that artists play a crucial role in all aspects of culture and society.
Founded by Dr. Armand Hammer in 1990, the museum houses the Armand Hammer Collection of Old Master, Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist paintings and the Armand Hammer Daumier and Contemporaries Collection. Associated UCLA collections include the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, comprising more than 45,000 prints, drawings, photographs, and artists’ books from the Renaissance to the present; and the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden on the UCLA campus. The Hammer’s newest collection, the Hammer Contemporary Collection, is led by works on paper, particularly drawings and photographs from 1960 to the present. The Hammer presents major single-artist and thematic exhibitions of historical and contemporary art. It also presents approximately ten Hammer Projects exhibitions each year, providing international and local artists with a laboratory-like environment to create new work or to present existing work in a new context.
As a cultural center, the Hammer offers a diverse range of free public programs throughout the year, including lectures, readings, symposia, film screenings, and music performances. The Hammer’s Billy Wilder Theater houses these widely acclaimed public programs and is the new home of the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s renowned cinematheque.
HAMMER MUSEUM INFORMATION For current program and exhibition information call 310-443-7000 or visit www.hammer.ucla.edu.
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 11am – 7pm; Thursday, 11am – 9 pm; Sunday, 11am – 5 pm; closed Mondays, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Admission: $7 for adults; $5 for seniors (65+) and UCLA Alumni Association members; free for Museum members, students with identification, UCLA faculty/staff and visitors 17 and under. The Museum is free for everyone on Thursdays.
Location/Parking: The Hammer is located at 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, at Westwood Boulevard. Parking is available under the Museum. Rate is $3 for three hours with Museum validation.