Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

I Advocate ... Here's What Hammer Museum Director Ann Philbin Is Passionate about This Month

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

I Advocate ... Here's What Hammer Museum Director Ann Philbin Is Passionate about This Month

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... The American Civil Liberties Union

When I was an undergraduate in New Hampshire in the early 1970s, a small group of us established a gay students' organization and decided to host a dance at the student union. When right-wing governor Meldrim Thomson and his notorious cohort, Manchester Union Leader publisher William Loeb, got wind of it, they launched a campaign to kick us out of the university for spreading homosexuality--"a communicable mental disease." They would have succeeded were it not for the ACLU, whose lawyers appeared like action heroes to defend us. They won our precedent-setting case, and we had our event--even if there were more people protesting outside than dancing inside. The ACLU propelled us into the world as activists. (ACLU.org)

... UNDER-APPRECIATED ARTISTS.

The Hammer Museum loves to spotlight artists who may have slipped through the cracks--like Lee Bontecou, Robert Overby, or Larry Johnson. Our current exhibition of paintings by Charles Burchfield--curated by artist Bob Gober--is another great example. Burchfield was a visionary artist from the early 20th century, and his work is astoundingly contemporary.

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... OMEN IN NEW YORK--OR ANYWHERE SUZANNE GOIN COOKS IN L.A. Omen, in SoHo, has been my favorite place in New York for decades, it's simple, Kyoto-style Japanese food, and you always see New York's art world royalty, who pioneered SoHo in the first place. In L.A., I will follow chef Suzanne Goin anywhere. …

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