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MFA Lecture Series: Cole Lu

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 | 6:00 PM

Steinberg Hall, Auditorium
Steinberg Hall, St. Louis, MO

Artist Cole Lu will deliver a talk titled The Slumberer’s Tales as part of the MFA Lecture Series. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Please note that for all in-person events, attendees must adhere to Washington University’s public health requirements, including the latest events and meetings protocol. Guests will be required to show a successful self-screening result and wear a mask at all times.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts


Arts & Culture, Humanities & Society



Event Contact

Melissa Meinzer | mmeinzer@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Cole Lu (b. 1984, Taipei, Taiwan) is an artist and writer based in New York. Lu’s work is an active engagement of shifting and reframing the value and worth of what is subject to Others in colonial history, with (re)invention, (re)naming, and (re)writing as gestures of critiquing the logic of “creatio ex nihilo (creation out of nothingness),” which often justified by the creation myth to erase physically and discursively preexistence of people, cultures, and languages to a zero degree “nihil.”

Through rewriting classical mythology and allegorical science fiction, Lu’s work speaks against proper objects and coercive mimetism. The act of rewriting primarily results in sculptures, material translations, and their titles. These materials often are wood, silicone, fiberglass, resin, metal, poetry, concrete, and various mediums used in the process, from oil clay to rubber molds to solidified objects.

Each body of work is developed from anecdotal evidence to question the capacity of historical realism, and is part of a lifelong series of artist’s ‘real fiction’ on contemporary values and belief systems.

Lu’s work has been exhibited at The Drawing Center (New York), Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), Contemporary Art Museum (St. Louis), La Casa Encendida (Madrid), and so on. His writing has appeared in Coffee House Press (Minneapolis), WONDER (New York), and The Seventh Wave (New York). Lu’s publication Smells Like Content (Endless Editions, 2015) is in the artists’ book collection of the MoMA Library, New York.

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