Sanford Biggers "Oracle" to Mark Hammer Transformation
|Sanford Biggers, Oracle, 2021, as installed at Rockefeller Center, New York. Photo by Daniel Greer, courtesy of Art Production Fund
UCLA's Hammer Museum has released further details about its Michael Maltzan-designed expansion, now set to open March 26, 2023. Sanford Biggers' Oracle will initially occupy a new sculpture terrace at Wilshire Blvd. and Glendon Ave. This is the 25-ft-tall bronze sculpture that was displayed at Rockefeller Center in 2021. It's part of a series that recombines African and European sculptural traditions.
UCLA has a sculpture garden, but it's a hike from the Hammer and not nearly so of the moment as the Hammer's usual offerings. Coincidentally, a Biggers sculpture was also chosen to mark the debut of the Orange County Museum of Art's new building.
The Hammer's new lobby will open with a new, large-scale work by Chiaru Shiota. A glass-enclosed street-level gallery will hold Rita McBride's laser installation Particulates (2021).
The Hammer's transformed space is named for pomegranate-and-pistachio magnates Lynda and Stewart Resnick and—whew!—will retain the museum's free admission policy.
|Rendering of entrance at Wilshire and Westwood, courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture. The sculpture terrace is not visible in this image