Stonecroft Lecture 2020 - KEN LUM

Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa, in collaboration with the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) is excited to present Ken Lum for the sixth Annual Stonecroft Foundation Visiting Artist Lecture. Both institutions are situated on the traditional unceded territory of the Anishinàbe Algonquin Nation.

This lecture series is made possible thanks to a significant gift from the Stonecroft Foundation for the Arts, in support of contemporary art discourse. The annual Stonecroft Foundation Visiting Artist Lecture Series, in collaboration with the National Gallery, allows the public to discover prominent Canadian artists’ practices. On November 12th, Ken Lum will present an artist-talk followed by a conversation and question period moderated by Josée Drouin-Brisebois, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada.

Ken Lum is an artist best known for his conceptual and representational art working in different media, including painting, sculpture, and photography. His art deals with how meanings are assigned to images, texts, and objects based on cultural, racial and social codes. A long-time professor, he currently is the Chair of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design in Philadelphia. He has published extensively, including a book of his collected writings issued by Concordia University Press in 2020. He has given keynote speeches for the Sydney Biennale, World Museums Conference in Shanghai, and the Universities Art Association of Canada. He has an extensive art exhibition record that includes Documenta 11, the Venice Biennale, Sao Paolo Bienal, Shanghai Biennale, Carnegie Triennial, Sydney Biennale, Liverpool Biennial, Gwangju Biennale and the Whitney Biennial. Solo exhibitions include the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, Kunstmuseum Luzern in Lucerne, Switzerland, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Since the mid 1990s, Lum has worked on numerous major permanent public art commissions including for the cities of Vienna, the Engadines (Switzerland), Rotterdam, St. Louis, Leiden, Utrecht, Toronto, and Vancouver. Lum was Project Manager for the seminal exhibition, The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa: 1945 – 1994. He has also worked as a curator for several large-scale exhibitions, including Shanghai Modern: 1919 – 1945, Sharjah Biennial 7, and Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia.  He is Co-Founder and Chief Curatorial Advisor for Monument Lab. He is represented by Magenta Plains Gallery, New York; Royale Projects, Los Angeles; Galerie Nagel/Draxler, Berlin; and Misa Shin Gallery, Tokyo. 

You must register to receive an invite with Zoom meeting link and passcode to attend the event:

The Lecture will be presented in English with simultaneous French interpretation. If you miss the live talk, the recording will be posted on the NGC’s YouTube channel a few days after the event.

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