Glenn Ligon delivers an Artist Talk on occasion of the Menil’s recent acquisition of his work, Untitled (Orpheus and Eurydice). Ligon discusses the concept of America in his work, from his text-based neon sculptures that illuminate words, phrases, and sentences to his highly textured language-based paintings that draw their content from American history, popular culture, and literary works by writers such as James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Gertrude Stein, and Jean Genet, among others.
Glenn Ligon will speak with Donatien Grau, advisor for the contemporary programs of the Presidency of the museums of Orsay and the Orangerie , and with Anne Lafont, director of studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and member of the scientific council of the exhibition “Le modèle noir”
Glenn Ligon discusses his art and practice which has pursued critical perspectives of American history since the 1980s. This talk highlights one of VMFA’s recent acquisition, A Small Band.
Glenn Ligon, Artist, New York, in conversation with Claudia Rankine, Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry, Yale University, New Haven
Moderator: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, London
Glenn Ligon on "The Great Bieri"
The Artist Project is an online series in which artists respond to works of art in The Met’s encyclopedic collection.
Reflecting on "Comrades and Lovers", Ligon's site-specific, Walt Whitman-inspired neon installation at The New School, Ligon will discuss his exploration of American history, literature, race and society across a body of work that builds critically on the legacies of modern painting and more recent conceptual art.