Modern and Contemporary Forum: Carolyn Lazard and Meg Onli

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - 6:00pm



Modern and Contemporary Forum 

Wednesday, May 4

6-7 p.m. 

Online Event

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Join us for MoCo’s final event of the semester: a conversation between artist Carolyn Lazard and independent curator Meg Onli. Lazard and Onli, who have collaborated in the past, will discuss their respective creative practices and common interests in deconstructing normative notions of time and space. 

Carolyn Lazard is an artist and writer based in Philadelphia and New York. Lazard has participated in exhibitions at several institutions including KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany; Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and the New Museum, New York. Their work is represented in public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Lazard is a 2020 Disability Futures fellow and a 2021 United States Artists fellow. They hold an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Bard College.

Meg Onli is a curator and writer whose work attends to the intricacies of race and the production of space. Previously Onli was the director and curator of Los Angeles’s Underground Museum and the Andrea B. Laporte Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Onli has curated the exhibitions Speech/Acts (2017), Colored People Time (2019), Jessica Vaughn: Our Primary Focus is to be Successful (2021), and recently curated the retrospective Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation (2021) with Erin Christovale. Onli is the recipient of a 2012 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant; a 2014 Graham Foundation Grant; a 2019 Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation, was the inaugural recipient of the Figure Skating Award in 2021; and a former Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellow. In the summer of 2020, Onli founded the initiative, Art for Philadelphia, which raised over $100,000 for community-led abolitionist organizations.

Supported by Yale Department of the History of Art, Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration, and The Dean’s Fund for Research Workshops, Seminars and Colloquia.

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