Tag Archive "ken-lum"

The Monument Lab container in City Hall Courthouse

Remembering Monument Lab on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, when we honor Americans who died while in service to their country let’s give a shout out to Monument Lab, http://monumentlab.com/, a public research project that began May 15 and lasts to June 7, that speculates on new Philadelphia monuments to a person, place or thing that should not forgotten. Launched by three curators, Ken Lum, Paul M. Farber and A. Will Brown, the 3-week project is headquartered in City Hall Courtyard.  It’s anchored by a container “lab,” where you can suggest your idea for a monument; and by a monumental sculpture imagined by the late Terry Adkins, which reflects the design of ... More » »

Chris Burden, Urban Light. AP Photo/Nick Ut.

News post – Chris Burden passes away, Ken Lum launches Monument Lab, Rebecca Rutstein to set sail, opportunities and more.

News We were saddened to learn of the passing of performance artist and sculptor Chris Burden at age 69, at his home in Topanga Canyon. The cause was malignant melanoma, as reported in the L.A. Times. Ken Lum, integral advisor to the Artblog ASR project, is getting ready to ask an entire city the question: what would a monument that fully captures the identity of Philadelphia look like? Accordingly, he invites everyone to come to the launch of Monument Lab this Friday, with City Hall serving as the research pavilion. Monument Lab comes with a full complement of art installations, public events, and community-sourced maps, ... More » »

4 people sitting

Activism, Evangelism, Art – Panel at Slought wows ’em!

[Here’s a brief update on our Artist and Social Responsibility (ASR) project.] More than 100 people turned out Monday night at Slought to hear internationally-acclaimed artists Pepon Osorio (left) and Ken Lum (second from right) speak with ICA Director Amy Sadao and Slought’s Aaron Levy (right) about art, community, trust, responsibility, institutions, history, the public and lots more. Best Conversation Ever – With your help we can Do It Again! It was an intense, passionate and intellectual conversation, punctuated with humor and light moments, like when Aaron asked a question regarding “trust,” and Ken piped up with “I don’t trust the ... More » »

Ken Lum, speaking with us on Nov. 12 at his studio in Bella Vista

From the vault: Ken Lum on artblog radio

[We’re excited to have Ken Lum as a panelist on the Activism, Evangelism, Art discussion that we’re co-hosting with Slought! Join us on Monday, March 23 at 6:30 pm to hear Ken talk with Amy Sadao, Pepón Osorio, and Aaron Levy about how artists and communities interact in Philly. — the artblog editors] Ken Lum moved to Philadelphia in 2012 to head up the Fine Arts Undergraduate Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Right now, you can see work by Ken at his solo exhibition, The Mini-Mall Series, at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. AND, coming in March, his work will be featured in the 2014 ... More » »

fountain with green water

The 2014 Libertas!

(Dear folks, 2014 was a good year for TheArtblog and we hope it was great for you as well. 2014 saw 433 new posts on TheArtblog, an average of 36 a month, including reviews, interviews, news, podcasts, comics and more reviews! We began our Knight-funded  The Artist and Social Responsibility Project and many of you gave generously for this groundbreaking collaboration between TheArtblog, local colleges and The Village of Arts and Humanities.  We Thank You and look for your continued support in 2015 as he class begins! Without further ado, the 2014 Libertas, brought to you by Roberta, Dre Grigoropol and Lianna ... More » »

Terry Adkins, Aviarium, 2014, polyurethene and enamel

Whitney Biennial 2014 – Tough sledding through a hodgepodge with some gems

Like walking through a yard sale or grandma’s attic, the hodgepodge that is the Whitney Biennial 2014 is a a little sad. All that stuff made by 103 participants, collected and sitting there, clogs the space and makes the journey through the show like walking through the Armory Show, only without the aisles and missing the weirdly high art-fair energy.  Advice:  Start at the top and work your way down.  Fourth Floor – Curator Michelle Grabner It’s shocking, we know, but like everyone, we come to the Whitney Biennial looking for our favorites and hoping to be introduced to great ... More » »

Ken Lum talks with us Nov. 12, 2013

Ken Lum talks about monuments, science and art, and what’s wrong with art education and Philadelphia – an artblog radio podcast

Ken Lum moved to Philadelphia in 2012 to head up the Fine Arts Undergraduate Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Right now, you can see work by Ken at his solo exhibition, The Mini-Mall Series, at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. AND, coming in March, his work will be featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial!  In our podcast, Ken talks about how he switched from a career in science to one in art. He talks about his idea for a “Negative History” or “Ambivalent Monuments” Festival in Philadelphia. Lum studied with Jeff Wall and Ian Wallace and his work has represented Canada at Documenta XI, the ... More » »

Ken Lum, speaking with us on Nov. 12 at his studio in Bella Vista

Ken Lum talks about Philadelphia being at a change point – next on artblog radio!

Ken Lum was born in Vancouver, Canada, the son of Chinese parents. He studied chemistry in college, focusing on pheremones of insects, but at a certain point he started studying art and making art, especially, monuments to slices of hidden history. like the huge crossroads sign”East Van” which commemorates a popular grafitti tag for the impoverished neighborhood, East Vancouver. That sign quickly became a symbol of pride for the community. Lum studied with Jeff Wall and Ian Wallace and his work has represented Canada at Documenta XI, the Carnegie International and many biennials around the world. He moved to Philadelphia ... More » »

From David Lynch's "Naming" exhibition. Photo courtesy of Kayne Griffin Corcoran.

News post – Taxidermists duke it out, onward Reading Viaduct, Peter Rose in Brooklyn, hiatus for Pile of Bricks, opportunities and more!

News   If you not only love the taxidermic arts but want to hear stories behind some taxidermists’ macabre masterpieces, join the Philadelphia Alt Taxidermy group tonight for a competition like no other. Judged by Beth Beverly, Adam Wallacavage, and Autumn Keitponglert, and with collective thirsts slaked by complimentary cocktails from Hendrick’s Gin, competitors are bringing their most treasured and unusual pieces of taxidermy (created or collected), and presenting in front of a live audience (that means you). Doogie Horner is the emcee for the evening, and expect live entertainment as participants narrate their most colorful stories attached to each piece. ... More » »

Ken Lum, clay model for "The Space Between Scott and Plessy," 2013. Clay, dimensions variable. Photo by Arthur Cheng.

News post – Fleisher welcomes Liz Grimaldi, Nuala Cabral gets feminist nod, Ken Lum in MO, ArtsTech gets fashionable, opportunities and more!

News Liz Afif Gallery is spreading the word for their inaugural exhibition, boasting work by artists from Philadelphia, Seattle, NYC, Washington D. C. and Boston. The opening reception is tonight from 5– 9 PM, and is up until April 30. Fleisher Art Memorial has appointed Elizabeth Grimaldi Executive Director. Congratulations, Elizabeth! You can read more about her background at  The Village of Arts and Humanities, for whom she’s served as executive director since 2009. Pentimenti Gallery has successfully placed new work by Hadieh Shafie at Sotheby’s in Doha, Qatar. It goes up for auction on April 22. We like to think that Philly is pretty great ... More » »

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