Joan Didion: What She Means Exhibition and Artist Talk

Join author and Columbia alum Hilton Als at the Hammer Museum in Westwood, in conversation with writer Jennifer Krasinski to discuss the exhibition Joan Didion: What She Means, which Hilton curated.

Hilton Als is a Pulitzer Prize winner and a contributing writer at The New Yorker. He has received numerous awards, including the New York Association of Black Journalists’ first prize for Magazine/Critique/Review and Magazine Arts and Entertainment, a Guggenheim fellowship for Creative Writing, a George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, and the American Academy’s Berlin Prize. He is a Professor at Columbia University’s Writing Program, and his work has appeared in The Nation, The Believer, and New York Review of Books. He lives in New York City.

Admission is free as always at the Hammer.
2/6 Updated message from the Hammer: We anticipate this will be a highly attended program and advise Columbia SoCal to arrive when, or slightly before, the box office opens at 6:30 PM. 

Parking: Convenient self-parking is available under the museum. Parking entrances are located on the east side of Westwood Boulevard (northbound) or on the west side of Glendon Boulevard (southbound), between Wilshire Boulevard and Lindbrook Drive. Rates are $7 for the first three hours with museum validation, and $3 for each additional 20 minutes, with a $20 daily maximum. There is a $7 flat rate after 6 p.m. on weekdays, and all day on weekends. 

New! Valet parking is available on Lindbrook Drive for $10.

In the event that the museum parking garage is full, use this map for additional parking options.


To ensure safety for visitors and staff, the Hammer has implemented the following measures:

  • Visitors and staff are encouraged to stay home if they are feeling sick. Check the CDC website for coronavirus symptoms.
  • Masks are encouraged in galleries and other indoor spaces.
  • Elevators have a capacity of four guests.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the building and at all gallery entries and exits.
February 17, 2023 at 7:30pm - 9pm

Hammer Museum, Billy Wilder Theater

10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
United States

Columbia SoCal

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