Public Program

Artist Talk: Ken Lum on Monuments

A recording of this program is available for online streaming through Sunday, September 19. For access, please email programs@menil.org.
Join the Menil for a live, online program with artist Ken Lum, organized in conjunction with Dream Monuments: Drawings in the 1960s and 1970s, on view at the Menil Drawing Institute until September 19, 2021. Lum will discuss the key themes of the exhibition—monuments, scale, and how artists redefined both terms during the era—through the lens of his personal art practice and work as a cofounder of Monument Lab, a public art and history studio that raises critical questions about the past, present, and future of monuments. He is joined by Dream Monuments cocurators Erica DiBenedetto and Kelly Montana for a conversation that will reflect on select drawings from the exhibition alongside current debates about the status of the monument.

About the speaker:

Ken Lum is a Philadelphia-based artist and the Marilyn Jordan Taylor Presidential Professor and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. He is also the cofounder of Monument Lab and presently serves as Monument Lab’s Senior Curatorial Advisor. Lum has published extensively and exhibited widely, in addition to realizing multiple public art commissions for the cities of Vienna, Vancouver, Utrecht, Leiden, St. Moritz, Toronto, and St Louis.