Stories of Almost Everyone at the Hammer Museum

at the Hammer Museum (Through May 6, 2018)
Reviewed by Emily Nimptsch

Let’s be honest — contemporary art, especially anything of the minimalist or conceptual variety, can be elusive and sometimes even downright mystifying to the general public. While those with Art History degrees or a passion for the subject may appreciate these artistic movements due to an understanding of their respective historical contexts and goals, those without may be left feeling perplexed and perturbed. Indeed, these styles can look a bit stark and do feature highly unusual presentations of everyday objects. In response, the casual viewer may begin to claim that they could have made something similar or joke that one of the museum’s fire exit signs was particularly thought-provoking. In the Hammer Museum’s current headline-grabbing exhibition, Stories of Almost Everyone, we see this collegiate institution leaning into the joke while simultaneously addressing critical issues of artistic interpretation…

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Stories of Almost Everyone, installation view, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, January 28-May 6, 2018. Photo: Joshua White.

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