Glenn Ligon: John A. Cooper Visiting Artist Lecture

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A photo of a white wall with a large, rectangular black painting on it. The painting looks like a long string of text, but the photo is taken from too far away to read any of the words.

Stranger (Full Text) #1 (2020–2021), oil stick, gesso, and coal dust on canvas, two panels, 120" x 540". image / Jon Etter. © Glenn Ligon; Courtesy of the artist, Hauser & Wirth (New York), Regen Projects (Los Angeles), Thomas Dane Gallery (London), and Galerie Chantal Crousel (Paris).


Glenn Ligon (b. 1960) is an artist living and working in New York. Throughout his career, Ligon has pursued an incisive exploration of American history, literature, and society across bodies of work that build critically on the legacies of modern painting and conceptual art. He earned his B.A. from Wesleyan University (1982) and attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (1985). In 2011, the Whitney Museum of American Art held a mid-career retrospective, Glenn Ligon: America, organized by Scott Rothkopf, that traveled nationally. Important solo exhibitions include Post-Noir, Carre d'Art, Nîmes (2022); Glenn Ligon: Call and Response, Camden Arts Centre, London (2014); and Glenn Ligon Some Changes, The Power Plant Center for Contemporary Art, Toronto (traveled internationally) (2005). Select curatorial projects include Grief and Grievance, New Museum, New York (2021); Blue Black, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis (2017); and Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions, Nottingham Contemporary and Tate Liverpool (2015). Ligon's work has been shown in major international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale (2015, 1997), Berlin Biennial (2014), Istanbul Biennial (2019, 2011), and Documenta XI (2002).

Ligon is the spring 2024 guest speaker for the John A. Cooper Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

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