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Ann Philbin

LOS ANGELES PRESENTS its own set of problems and obstacles when it comes to museums. This city’s vast geography means that people can be isolated and thus often seek connection and social engagement as part of their cultural experiences. This has made being very event driven part of our DNA at the Hammer Museum. Our robust slate of free public programs (250 or so a year) defines us as a kind of town hall or gathering space, where not only art but a larger realm of ideas—literature, music, science, government, business, politics, and current events—is considered. Our audience values us deeply for the social sphere we have created, as well as for our exhibitions and events.

Of course, looking more broadly across our culture today, we can see that such a desire for connection is, for better or worse, part of a larger trend. People want storytelling and demand active engagement. They crave

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