The event: The Hammer Museum celebrated two new exhibitions, "Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth" and "Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition," with a jampacked weekend of events. Festivities began with Friday's summer supper for artists, collectors and other VIPs and continued Saturday with curator-guided walk-throughs and receptions for museum supporters, patrons, directors and members, culminating in a shindig for 1,600, complete with a DJ set.
The scene: At Friday's supper, guests seated themselves at long tables in the Hammer's open courtyard, and museum director Ann Philbin addressed the crowd. Aside from thanking donors, she proposed toasts to the artists before guests dined family-style on barbecued brisket, lemon-marinated chicken, penne pasta and various veggies.
For the Record
July 13, 11:28 a.m.: This post spells the name of Mark Bradford's partner as Allan de Castro. His name is Allan DiCastro. It also refers to Americas of Christie's. That division of the auction house is called Christie's Americas.
Noting that the day included not only the night's celebration of the Hammer's new shows, but also the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage and a historic eulogy by President Obama, Philbin talked of "this extraordinary day when we are replacing the Confederate flag with the rainbow flag and when our President sang 'Amazing Grace' at the funeral in South Carolina." She then congratulated Bradford on his timely, powerful and fearless work.