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Hear from artists of our time, recorded at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Now availavble:

  • Artist Talk: Summer Wheat (full video)
  • Artist Talk: Liza Lou (excerpt)
  • ​Artist Talk: Liza Lou (full video)
  • Siah Armajani: Bridge Builder | Arts Upload
  • A Whisper of Where It Came From: Mark Cooper
  • A Whisper of Where It Came From: Jiha Moon
  • Artist Talk: Huma Bhabha

Artist Talk: Summer Wheat (full video)

On February 7, 2020, artist Summer Wheat gave a lecture on her large scale painting work. The artist talk coincided with the opening weekend of Summer Wheat: Blood, Sweat, and Tears at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. She shared stories from her youth in Oklahoma and her journey to invent new and ingenious methods of creating paintings inspired by medieval tapestries and mysterious artifacts.

Running Time: 53:50

Artist Talk: Liza Lou (excerpt)

Last May, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art had the honor of hosting internationally-renown artist, Liza Lou, during the opening events of the Museum's twenty-fifth anniversary exhibition, Lexicon: The Language of Gesture in 25 Years at Kemper Museum. Here is an excerpt from her inspiring talk, reminiscing on the experience of taking her studio assistants to view their work in a museum setting for the first time.

Running Time: 02:21

Artist Talk: Liza Lou (full video)

Los Angeles-based artist Liza Lou gave a special artist talk in honor of Kemper Museum’s twenty-fifth anniversary. Lou's major exhibition Backyard and Kitchen ignited amazing public interest in her work. Returning to Kemper Museum, Lou talks about how her work has evolved.

Liza Lou (b. 1969, New York; lives and works in Los Angeles) first gained attention in 1996 when her room-sized sculpture Kitchen was shown at the New Museum in New York. Representing five years of solo labor, this groundbreaking work introduced glass beads, a material Lou has consistently used since then. 

In 2005, Lou moved to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa where she employed a team of Zulu women, versed in the tradition of beadwork. Working side-by-side with women artisans enabled the artist to reconsider her practice in a non-Western, historical and sociological framework and to highlight material and labor as subject matter in themselves. Over the past decade, Lou has focused on a minimal palette using the natural variations of color caused by the sweat, oils, and imperfections of the human hand as a form of tonal mark-making.

Running Time: 52:57

Siah Armajani: Bridge Builder | Arts Upload

Take a look inside the work of Siah Armajani in this clip from Season 4 Episode 4 of KCPT's Arts Upload.

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Running Time: 07:39

A Whisper of Where It Came From: Mark Cooper

Artist Mark Cooper discusses his site-specific installation as part of the exhibition, A Whisper of Where It Came From, at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Running Time: 05:05

A Whisper of Where It Came From: Jiha Moon

Artist Jiha Moon discusses her site-specific installation as part of the exhibition, A Whisper of Where It Came From, at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Running Time: 05:43

Artist Talk: Huma Bhabha

Huma Bhabha's sculptural works incorporate materials such as Styrofoam, animal bones, and clay. Her curious figures feel unstable and ephemeral, recalling figurative traditions from a range of cultures and historical periods—a kind of neo-primitivism yet decisively contemporary. In this talk, the Pakistani-born American artist discusses her unique choice of materials, her influences, and what it is to make art now.

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Running Time: 01:12:08