Hammer Museum Opens Tom Marioni’s First One-Person Exhibition in Los Angeles


LOS ANGELES, CA.- For his first one-person exhibition in Los Angeles, Tom Marioni will present his on-going artwork The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art, first realized in 1970. Along with a bar-like installation and remains from each of the five gatherings he will host as part of the piece, the exhibition will feature a video, ephemera, and drawings, including two wall drawings created on site. For over forty years, Tom Marioni has been experimenting at the boundaries of art. His first art action—One Second Sculpture (1969) in which he released a coiled metal tape measure into the air and allowed it to fall to the ground—encapsulated his desire to eradicate the distinctions between sculpture, music, drawing, and performance by embodying all of the genres at once. A key figure in the invention of Conceptual Art in the 1960s, Marioni’s identity as artist,