Hammer & Machine

Last year, the Hammer Museum got a bunch of money to create an artist-in-residence program: an artist-driven program that aims to maximize visitor engagement and make the museum more interactive. Of course, their choice to kick off this program, called A.I.R. for short, would be none other than Echo Park’s Machine Project. Mark Allen’s creative direction has already hosted “Mushroom Night” with mycologist Bob Cummings and his mushroom specimens along with a group of mushroom-themed interpretive dancers. Of course. For Valentine’s Day, Allen has really outdone himself with private concerts by Emily Lacy in the Billy Wilder Theater. Lacy will perform a song of heartbreak or one of triumph (each participant selects one or the other), live onstage for an audience of one. Unfortunately, all of the appointments, scheduled every eight minutes between 1 and 3 pm, are already taken. This is just another reminder that I need to keep up with Machine. They continue to amaze me.

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~ by Valerie Palmer on February 12, 2010.

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