Ritual, Legacy, Memorial and the Role of the Contemporary Artist
Greg Lundgren, Lundgren Monuments
Thursday, September 18
Geo Studio
Presented in conjunction with Any Day: Artists on Death

Urn design by Greg Lundgren

pictured: urn designed by Greg Lundgren

Greg Lundgren presents his findings and beliefs about his artistic practice in the field of death.

Lundgren believes that the industry is in dire need of creative direction and innovation, and has found that death has been stigmatized, and those who work around it are often considered weird or creepy.

This lecture explores the need for artists to engage in modern day death practices.

Greg Lundgren is a Seattle-based artist, designer and curator with a diverse background in architectural design, sculpture, furniture and installation art. His understanding of architectural theory and experience in contemporary design have lead to a great diversity of projects and clients, including Disney, Paramount Pictures, Burberrys of London, Marshal Fields, Neiman Marcus, AT&T, Microsoft and a broad range of commercial and private clients.

Pop Departures
Catharina Manchanda, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seattle Art Museum
Thursday, October 2
Geo Studio

Vocho (Yellow), 2004, Margarita Cabrera, Mexican, b. 1973, vinyl, batting, thread, and car parts, 60 x 72 x 156 in., The Anne & William J. Hokin Collection. © Part of the Pop Departures exhibition at SAM.

Pop art was a radical departure from the painterly concerns of the 1950s, bringing consumer and media culture to the heart of artistic discussions for the first time.

To show the continued engagement with some of the themes arising from Pop art, Pop Departures at the Seattle Art Museum (October 9 – January 11) charts connections to subsequent decades with works by major contemporary artists for whom Pop art was an inspiration, a central point of departure, or a vehicle for critique.

The pioneers of American Pop are represented with key works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, John Chamberlain, James Rosenquist, Tom Wesselmann and Mel Ramos.

Join Catharina Manchanda, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum for an enlightening look behind the scenes at this important collection, the ripple effects of Pop art and the discussions it inspired, and its impact on art far beyond the 1960s.