Mark Bradford inaugurates Nerman Lecture Series

Red-hot Los Angeles artist Mark Bradford comes to Kansas City this month to be the inaugural speaker for the Jerome Nerman Lecture Series at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College.

Over the past two years Bradford’s career has skyrocketed. His work was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial in New York and other important shows; he also landed a segment in the PBS series, “Art: 21.”

This year Bradford showed a major piece in the “Unmonumental” exhibition at the New Museum in New York, and is currently showing three of his large mixed-media collages incorporating scavenged materials in the 2008 Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh.

Bradford’s lecture in Kansas City is free, open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. June 19 in the museum’s M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Auditorium. A reception for the artist starts at 6 p.m.

The lecture, the first in an annual series, is made possible by an endowment gift to the museum from Central Bank of Kansas City and the Tutera Family in honor of Jerome Nerman and his wife, Margaret Nerman._Alice Thorson