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September 26, 2014
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September 26, 2014

KEN LUM: CENTRE/SURROUND exhibition now on display at New Westminster Museum and Archives

New Westminster – Anvil Centre, New Westminster’s new conference facility, is proud to host the exhibition KEN LUM: CENTRE/SURROUND in the Atrium Gallery, accessed through the New Westminster Museum on the 3rd floor. The exhibition addresses the phenomenon of New Westminster’s post-colonial urban development in relation to both the fleeting ‘Fraser Valley Gold Rush’ (1858) and perpetually changing ‘Chinatown in Motion’.

“This exhibition highlights a collaborative interplay of ‘creative’ artist’s practice and ‘purposeful’ curatorial research,” said guest curators from CAUSA (Collective for Advanced and Unified Studies in the Visual Arts). "The aim of this project is at once affirmative and speculative – it points, persistently, to both a 'future in the past' and the 'contemporaneity' of 'classical' Chinese culture."

On October 11th from 2-4pm, as part of a community outreach program related to this exhibition, research curators from CAUSA will discuss conceptual frameworks relating to their ongoing collaborative- experimental work through Skype conversation with internationally renowned (University of Pennsylvania-based) artist Ken Lum.

Ken Lum is an artist born and raised in Vancouver, BC. Lum is co-founder and founding editor of Yishu Journal of Chinese Contemporary Art. Lum has exhibited widely, including Sao Paulo Bienal (1998), Shanghai Biennale (2000), Documenta 11 (2002), Liverpool Biennial (2006), Istanbul Biennial (2007), Gwangju Biennale (2008), Moscow Biennial (2011) and the Whitney Biennial (2014).  Lum is also active in public art, realizing permanent works in Vienna, St. Moritz, Edmonton, Vancouver, St Louis, Leiden, Rotterdam, Toronto, and Utrecht.  He presently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he is a Professor in the School of Design, University of Pennsylvania.

KEN LUM: CENTRE/SURROUND will be on display until November 30, 2014. Gallery hours are 10am to 5pm, Monday – Sunday, open until 8pm Thursdays. For more information, please visit



Rob McCullough
Manager, Cultural Services
City of New Westminster
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