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Talk | Lotus L. Kang with Lola Kramer and Jack Schneider

January 20, 20242:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Free with museum admission. ASL and CART captioning provided.

About the Event

This year, the New York–based artist Lotus L. Kang transformed the museum’s atrium with her mesmerizing work Molt (New York-Lethbridge-Los Angeles-Toronto-Chicago- ) (2018–2023). To celebrate the final weeks of the commissioned installation, Kang speaks with MCA Assistant Curator Jack Schneider and curator Lola Kramer.

ASL and CART captioning are provided.

ASL provided.

About the Speakers

Lotus L. Kang, 2023. Photo: Hanna Hur, courtesy of the artist.















Image credit: Morgan Connellee.

Lotus L. Kang works with sculpture, photography and site-responsive installation. Known for her sprawling installations and distinctive material repertoire, Kang’s practice is a dialogue with the impermanent and the in between. Elegantly disordered and richly layered, her site-sensitive works explore the relational bonds between time, personal history, and cultural knowledge. She seeks to disrupt a human-centred perspective of the world with a broad curiosity for life and matter tangled in states of exchange that produce and are reproduced by their environments. Rather than a prescriptive or reiterative approach, her practice is one of regurgitation.

Selected exhibitions include: In Cascades, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2023); In Cascades, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2023), Fleshing Out The Ghost, Deborah Schamoni, Munich (2023); Mesoderm, Franz Kaka, Toronto (2023); Molt (New York-Lethbridge-Los Angeles-Toronto-Chicago-), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago (2023); Memory Work, Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson (2023); Mother Always Has a Mother, Mercer Union SPACE, Toronto (2023); 2021 Triennial: Soft Water Hard Stone, New Museum, New York (2021); Total Disbelief, SculptureCenter, New York (2019), If I Have A Body, Remai Modern, Saskatoon (2019); Beolle, Oakville Galleries, Oakville (2019) and Formula 1: A Loud, Low Hum, Cue Art Foundation, New York (2019). She holds an MFA from the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College.


Lola Kramer is a curator and writer based in New York City. She is known for her essays, profiles, and interviews with artists across creative disciplines. As Curator-in-Residence at Dunkunsthalle, an artist-run project space in New York, she produced “Nancy Holt: Perspectives,” an exhibition focusing on the moving image artworks by the legendary American artist. In 2022 she organized “7 Gardens,” a public art exhibition designed to connect local public space to the practices of established and emerging artists working to represent ideas of nature and community engagement in the Lower East Side. Kramer’s writing has been featured in numerous publications, including the Whitney Biennial Catalogue, Frieze, Art Basel, Interview, CURA, and Kaleidoscope, as well as monographs published by MACK, Phaidon, and Rizzoli. She has organized exhibitions, artist conversations, and screenings at institutions like Städelschule in Frankfurt and the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College. In 2019, Kramer was the editor of the Bastard Cookbook, a collection of hybridized recipes by Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija and Finnish chef Antto Melasniemi. Kramer received her MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in 2017, after which she served as Curatorial Director of Wide Rainbow, a contemporary art after-school program that connects artists with communities in under-resourced neighborhoods with limited access to the arts or arts education.

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Lead support for the 2023-24 season of MCA Talks is made possible by The Richard and Mary L. Gray Lecture Series through a generous gift to the Chicago Contemporary Campaign.

Generous support is provided by The Antje B. and John J. Jelinek Endowed Lecture and Symposium on Contemporary Art; the Kristina Barr Lectures, which were established through a generous gift by The Barr Fund to the Chicago Contemporary Campaign; The Gloria Brackstone Solow and Eugene A. Solow, MD, Memorial Lecture Series; and the Allen M. Turner Tribute Fund, honoring his past leadership as Chair of the Board of Trustees.