Hammer Unveils Vault-Free Refresh
Armand Hammer decreed a cathedral-like room to show his Leonardo da Vinci codex. Edward Larrabee Barnes supplied one, more or less. In 1994, when UCLA took over the museum, the Leonardo manuscript was auctioned for $30.8 million to Bill Gates. The vaulted gallery was an awkward inheritance, difficult to program with contemporary work. (Shown, Andra Ursata sculptures from a 2014 Hammer Project in the vault gallery. Hammer's dark shrine had become a white oblong.)
Choose Any Three is a crucifixion that is Life of Brian-funny. The deadpan list of names includes Tecumseh, Heisenberg, Einstein, Kafka, Sitting Bull, Belle Starr, Kay Starr, Malcolm X, Jimmie Durham… Etc., etc.
Incidentally, Choose Any Three is one of several pieces the Hammer has acquired from the show. It was purchased with funds provided by Susan Bay and Leonard Nimoy.