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Hamza Walker: Thinking About MONUMENTS

Wed, Feb 14    6:30pm

A lecture by Hamza Walker, director of the independent nonprofit art space LAXART.

Since 2017, Walker has been working on MONUMENTS, an exhibition that features roughly a dozen decommissioned monuments to be shown alongside works of contemporary art. Slated to open in the Fall of 2025, the exhibition is being co-organized with The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and is co-curated with artist Kara Walker and MOCA’s Senior Curator, Bennett Simpson. This talk will use two earlier exhibitions that Hamza Walker curated to discuss the theoretical and historical framework underpinning MONUMENTS.

Response by Mark Wasiuta, Co-Director of the M.S. in Critical Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices at Columbia GSAPP.

This lecture is co-organized by the GSAPP Dean’s Office and the MS in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices program.


Hamza Walker has been the director of LAXART since 2016, after 22 years as curator and director of education at the Renaissance Society in Chicago. Under Walker’s leadership, LAXART has deepened its mission and exhibition program to include thematic group exhibitions, new work with historical figures, and institutional-scale projects with emerging and established artists.

This event was originally scheduled for March 29, 2023, but had to be postponed

This event content is equivalent to 1.5 AIA/CES total learning credit. Please contact events@arch.columbia.edu for more information.