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  • Artist Talk: Liza Lou (excerpt)
  • Artist Talk: Liza Lou (full video)

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.

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Artist Talk: Liza Lou (full video)

Los Angeles-based artist Liza Lou gives 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