Ken Lum on the importance of hard work and the relevance of everything
In this podcast interview, artist, author, educator, Ken Lum debuts a new book, titled "Everything is Relevant," now available for pre-order on Amazon. The thoughtful and witty Lum speaks with Roberta about the book, about writing a screenplay, about teaching and languages. Always, Lum's subject, and this conversation, circles around to the hidden histories of humans who have been placed in the shadows under a dominant culture that marginalizes them. It's a great 36-minute conversation.

Ken Lum. Photo courtesy Penn Design. Edited for Artblog Radio by Morgan Nitz.
Ken Lum. Photo courtesy Penn Design. Edited for Artblog Radio by Morgan Nitz.

Ken Lum is an artist, writer, curator and Chair of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania’s Stuart Weitzman School of Design. You may also know him as co-founder, with Paul Farber, of Monument Lab, the Philadelphia-based art, history and civic engagement project begun in 2012, the year he arrived in our town from his home in Vancouver, British Columbia. Ken’s a prolific writer, publishing articles in journals all over the world, and co-founding a publication on Chinese art, “Yishu.”

Book cover for Ken Lum's book, Everything is Relevant

In this 36-minute podcast interview, hear Ken talk about his new book, a compilation of his writings, called “Everything is Relevant, Writings on Art and Life, 1991-2018,”  And because everything is really relevant, the conversation gets into a wide assortment of other topics, such as teaching, his 100 trips to China, teaching himself French for a course he was teaching at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.  And check this podcast conversation with Ken from 2013 when Libby and I spoke with Ken shortly after arriving in Philadelphia.

Visit the artist’s website: Ken Lum and pre-order his new book, Everything is Relevant, Writings on Art and Life, 1991-2018 at Amazon. The book will be delivered in early December.

Thank you to Morgan Nitz for her excellent audio and photo editing! You can listen to Artblog Radio on Apple and Spotify.


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