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|