What happens when 800 Degrees meets the Hammer Museum…


Last weekend was the best weekend I’ve had so far this winter quarter!! As I finished the second midterms for all my classes, I was finally able to relax and enjoy my weekend without worrying about another round of midterms coming!! 🙂

I got a chance to visit the Hammer Museum, which is right on Westwood and Wilshire. For those of you Bruins or fellow students who have never visited Hammer Museum, you should make a trip! I went to see some of the sculpture and painting exhibitions that they had including: Alina Szapoczikow (Sculpture Undone), Carlos Bunga, Antony, and Alex Hubbard Hammer Project. I have to say that the exhibits were very different from the exhibitions that I usually attend. However, it actually ended up pretty interesting. Initially, it was hard to see what the art was portraying, however after couple minutes passed, I started to think outside the box. I started not to analyze the object with the regular “engineering” perspective of defining line and function. I just let my imagination play around, and enjoyed the art as it was.

When I visited Hammer Museum on Sunday, it was pretty quiet and empty, which was really nice. When I got to the second floor, I was able to see  the hustle and bustle of Westwood and Wiltshire; yet, it was very quiet and peaceful inside Hammer Museum. There’s even a  sitting area where you can see a great view of Westwood.

I also got a chance to try to eat at 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza right across from Hammer Museum. This pizza place is always crowded and filled with long lines whenever I drive around the area.  The line wasn’t too long when I went on Sunday (luckily!). For those of you who haven’t tried it, I would recommend it  if you’re around UCLA area. They custom-make your pizza right in front of you, and all the ingredients are fresh !! I went there with couple friends and my boyfriend. It was a very fun Sunday if I may say 🙂

All on all, it was a great, relaxing weekend! The weather was beautiful and there was a nice breeze from Santa Monica beach that helped to cool down the heat. I think I’m ready to start week 9 🙂 2 weeks left before Winter quarter ends… start the count down with me!! 🙂

Olivia Harjanto