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a new appointment at the Hammer

The secret strength of the LA art world is its instability, which spells blessed unpredictability. Each season witnesses a wholesale reinvention, with new galleries, styles, and power bases quaking the status quo. The exception is a relatively stolid institutional scene, into which the UCLA Hammer Museum, long a venue for sprawling, mostly so-so group shows, has unexpectedly thrown a monkey wrench. Change came two years back in the person of Ann Philbin, the institution’s intrepid new director, formerly of New York’s Drawing Center. Not only has Philbin initiated meaty and off-kilter programming such as last year's Robert Overby survey and independent curator Amy Capellano’s “Making Time: Considering Time as a Material in Contemporary Video & Film” (currently on view), she has also jumpstarted a major renovation that breaks ground in January 2002, coordinated by architect-of-the-hour

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