LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Hammer Museum
announced today the appointment of one new member to its Board of Directors: Linda Janger, and two new members to its Board of Overseers: Glenn Kaino and Dean Valentine.
Board Chair Marcy Carsey said, At this pivotal moment of growth for the Hammer, I am thrilled to welcome Linda to the museums board. She has been a passionate champion of the museum for years, and brings with her a keen understanding of our history as well as our goals as we move forward.
Im delighted that Dean Valentine is returning to the Board of Overseers. His great experience and insight as an adventurous contemporary collector offer an informed perspective during this exciting period, said Hammer Museum Director Ann Philbin. Artist Glenn Kaino is also joining the Board of Overseers for the first time, and Im thrilled that his ideas and talent will be helping to shape the Hammers future. Kaino joins Barbara Kruger and Lari Pittman as artist representatives in this group.
Linda Janger is a longstanding collector and patron of the arts in Los Angeles. Her involvement with the Hammer dates back to 1998, when she and her late husband, Jerry, first joined the museum as members. Since joining the Hammers Board of Overseers as one of its founding members in 2004, Linda has played a significant role in supporting and shaping the Hammer Contemporary Collection. Passionate and knowledgeable collectors, Linda and Jerry made their first gift of art to the Hammer in 2005a black and white self-portrait photograph by the artist Kiki Smithand continued to donate works by artists such as Jim Shaw, Mark Hagen, Analia Saban, Yasumasa Morimura, and Raymond Pettibon. In addition to her dedication to the Hammer, Linda has been actively involved with numerous arts institutions across Los Angeles, including LACMA, MOCA, and CalArts, as well as several community and charitable organizations. A graduate of UCLA, who resides in Westwood, Linda is also the founder of Pace Properties, a real estate business she has led for nearly 30 years. She has three children and four grandchildren.
Dean Valentine is the founder of Symbolic Action, a media investment fund, focused on the convergence of content and technology. He previously served as President of Walt Disney Television and the UPN network. Dean first served as a member of the Hammer Board of Overseers from 2007 to 2012. Over the last decade, Dean and his wife Amy Adelson, an independent film and television producer, have made major gifts to the Hammer Contemporary Collection. Dean and Amys important gift of sculpture was showcased in the 2009 exhibition Second Nature: The Valentine-Adelson Collection at the Hammer.
Glenn Kaino is an artist with a career that spans a wide range of creative activity. In 2012, he was selected by the U.S. Department of State to represent the United States in the 13th International Cairo Biennale in Cairo, Egypt and was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the 12th Lyon Biennial in Lyon, France; and Prospect 3 in New Orleans. He has had numerous solo exhibitions at institutions such as The Andy Warhol Museum; the MCA, San Diego; and the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York. He has also been included in group exhibitions at MOCA, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hammer Museum; among others. Kaino has also created various platforms for the production and dissemination of art and culture. He was a co-founder of Deep River Gallery in Los Angeles, and a founding board member of LAXART, The Mistake Room, and Fathomers. He has also served as the Chief Creative Officer of Napster 2.0 and is the co-founder of the social app Ebroji with Jesse Williams and Aryn Drake Lee. Kaino also co-produced the hit theatrical production In & Of Itself with his frequent collaborator Derek DelGaudio with Executive Producer Neil Patrick Harris and director Frank Oz. Kaino and DelGaudio co-founded the performance art duo A.BANDIT and their first publication is forthcoming this year.