Big moves on the museum front in Los Angeles! The Hammer Museum revealed today that it has entered into what it terms a Public Engagement Partnership with a new nonprofit called Art + Practice, which will be located on a 17,000-square-foot campus across six buildings in the city’s Leimert Park neighborhood. A+P was created by artist Mark Bradford, philanthropist and collector Eileen Harris Norton, and activist Allan DiCastro. The Los Angeles Times’ Carolina Miranda has the full story.
The partnership with A+P, which will include arts programming, classrooms, and job and life skills training through the RightWay Foundation, is being run by Allison Agsten, the Hammer’s curator of public engagement, and Jamillah James, formerly of the Studio Museum in Harlem, who is serving as assistant curator.
From the official release:
Art + Practice has four spaces on its campus: a technology lab and classrooms for foster youth, artist lecture space, artist studios, and an exhibition space for visual art. The collaboration between the Hammer and A+P is made possible with support from a major grant from the James Irvine Foundation awarded to the Hammer Museum earlier this year.
Programming kicks off with a show of new work by Charles Gaines, opening February 28, 2015.