Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland’s trip to L.A.'s Hammer Museum -- and the women artists they went to see
Is Beyoncé “Drunk in Love” with two contemporary artists’ work?
R&B Queen B got a culture fix Tuesday at L.A.’s Hammer Museum. She stopped by with fellow Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland and her mom, Tina, to see shows by artists Frances Stark and Njideka Akunyili Crosby.
The singer spent about two hours at the museum, a Hammer spokesperson said. While there, she met a few of the museum’s curators and took a photo with assistant curator Jamillah James, who organized the Crosby show; but otherwise, Beyoncé focused on the art.
“She didn’t ask for any special treatment. She was really down to earth,” the museum spokesperson said. “She came up to the welcome desk and got free admission stickers just like anyone else.”
Word quickly spread on Twitter.
“Just ran into Beyoncé hanging out @hammer_museum! Everyone loves #FrancesStark” tweeted Hammer director of public programs, Claudia Bestor.
From left, Sam Taylor-Johnson (in Bottega Veneta), Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier and Julia Roberts (also in Bottega Veneta), attend Hammer Museum’s Gala in the Garden sponsored by the Italian luxury brand on Oct. 10, 2015.(Stefanie Keenan / Getty Images)
Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier, left, and actress Salma Hayek, wearing Bottega Veneta, attend the 2015 Hammer Gala in the Garden.(Donato Sardella / Getty Images)
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, left, with Hammer Museum Director Annie Philbin at the gala.
(Stefanie Keenan / Getty Images)
Gala attendees Amanda Peet, left, in Bottega Veneta, and Diane Keaton.(Stefanie Keenan / Getty Images)
Attendee Julia Roberts, wearing Bottega Veneta.(Donato Sardella / Getty Images )
Attendees include, from left, Liz Goldwyn, (in Bottega Veneta), Bottega Veneta’s creative director Tomas Maier and Selma Blair (also in Bottega Veneta).(Stefanie Keenan / Getty Images )
Ashley Olsen attends Hammer Museum’s 2015 Gala in the Garden.(Stefanie Keenan / Getty Images)
Attendees Maria Bell and Bill Bell at the Hammer Museum’s Gala in the Garden sponsored by Bottega Veneta.(Stefanie Keenan / Getty Images)
Gala attendees include, from left, Will Ferrell, Julia Roberts (wearing Bottega Veneta) and artist Mark Bradford.(Stefanie Keenan / Getty Images )
Emma Stone, wearing Bottega Veneta, attends Hammer Museum’s “Gala in the Garden” Sponsored by Bottega Veneta at Hammer Museum on Oct. 10, 2015.(Stefanie Keenan / Getty Images )
Gala honoree Paul McCarthy gives his acceptance speech.(Stefanie Keenan / Getty Images)
Martin Short, left, and Steve Martin attend Hammer Museum’s Gala in the Garden on Oct. 10, 2015.(Stefanie Keenan / Getty Images)
Aloe Blacc performs at Hammer Museum’s Gala in the Garden on Oct. 10, 2015, in Westwood.(Stefanie Keenan / Getty Images)
“Hammer Projects: Njideka Akunyili Crosby” is the Nigerian artist’s L.A. debut. The exhibition features large, mixed media works on paper that the museum says reflect “on contemporary, postcolonial African cosmopolitanism and her experiences as an expatriate living in America, Africa’s complex political and social conditions.”
“UH-OH: Frances Stark 1991-2015” is a mid-career survey of the L.A.-based artist’s work. It includes video installations, drawings, collages and paintings.
The Hammer describes Stark as a “lyricist“ who uses both words and images “to create provocative and self-reflexive works that pose universal questions.”
Perhaps we’ll see some Stark inspiration pop up in a Beyoncé lyric soon.
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