Art Talk with Marin R. Sullivan, Ph.D. - The Value of Public Sculpture Today: Richard Hunt in Omaha

  • Thu, Nov 17, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    1111 Jones St
    OMAHA, Nebraska 68102
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Join us for an evening of exploration of Public Art and the role Richard Hunt has played in that sphere.


With large-scale urban revitalization projects, high-profile commissions by contemporary artists, and a nationwide reckoning with the role of monuments, public sculpture has become increasingly prevalent in both civic spaces and discourse. With the installation of sculptor Richard Hunt’s Planar and Tubular as part of the newly reopened Gene Leahy Mall and the related exhibition Richard Hunt: Monumental, currently on view at KANEKO, this talk will examine the recent history of public sculpture in the United States, the role Hunt has played in this history, and the value it holds today.

Richard Hunt: MONUMENTAL will be on view at KANEKO through February 5th, 2023. The timing coincides with the celebration of Hunt’s work in Omaha, which began in July 2022, when one of his large-scale sculptures was installed downtown as part of The Riverfront Revitalization Project and the Gene Leahy Mall. Richard Hunt: MONUMENTAL will also be accompanied by a richly illustrated soon to be release catalogue, including an essay by Sullivan and published by KANEKO, which will feature new perspectives on the monumental legacy of Richard Hunt and further explore the themes of the exhibition. 


Dr. Marin R. Sullivan is the curator of Richard Hunt: MONUMENTAL at KANEKO.  She is the Director of the Harry Bertoia Catalogue Raisonné and was the co-curator of Harry Bertoia: Sculpting Mid-Century Modern Life, organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center. Sullivan currently serves on the International Sculpture Center Board of Trustees, and as lecturer and guest curator at DePaul University.


This lecture will take place in the KANEKO Bow Truss, the current home of Richard Hunt's most recent exhibit.  Many of the sculptures at KANEKO have not been exhibited in decades or have never been exhibited publicly. 


KANEKO Galleries will close at 9 pm on this evening, so please plan any self-exploration time accordingly.


This lecture will also be available to Live Stream via Zoom!   

Please register for Zoom Live Stream Tickets to attend virtually.

The Zoom Link will be shared in the SimpleTix confirmation email. 


Special Thanks to KANEKO Partners:



The RiverFront

Date & Time

Thu, Nov 17, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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1111 Jones St
OMAHA, Nebraska 68102 KANEKO
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