CONVERSATION: The Monumentality of Richard Hunt

past event

February 3, 2023

7:00 pm

$5 off Catalogue with Registration


KANEKO Members


General Admission




All guests acknowledge that visiting KANEKO includes a risk of contracting COVID-19 and that KANEKO is in no way responsible.

Closing Program and Catalogue Release 

with Special Guest Speakers

Jon Ott & Stephan Grot

Join KANEKO and friends for the celebration and release of the Richard Hunt MONUMENTAL Exhibition Catalogue and the closing of the Richard Hunt Exhibition. Enjoy a sit-down conversation between Jon Ott, Richard Hunt’s biographer, and Stephan Grot, KANEKO’s Executive Director.  They will discuss Richard Hunt’s sculptures within the exhibition that anchors observations and reflections on Richard’s life, work, and career trajectory.

The Richard Hunt: MONUMENTAL Catalogue is a richly illustrated hardcover book, published by KANEKO, featuring new perspectives on the monumental legacy of Richard Hunt and further exploring the themes of the exhibition. This catalogue was published in conjunction with the Richard Hunt: MONUMENTAL Exhibition at KANEKO in Omaha, NE (October 13, 2022 – February 5, 2023). Catalogue Details: Forward by Stephan Grot, KANEKO Executive Director. Essays by Dr. Marin R. Sullivan, Ghenete Zelleke, and Dr. Andrew Wasserman.

If you purchase a catalogue when you register for tickets, you will receive $5 off the regular purchase price! Unable to attend? Preorder today for delivery or pickup at KANEKO.


The conversation begins at 7 PM.
Seating is available during the event.
KANEKO Galleries close at 9 PM this evening, providing you time to enjoy the space after the conversation.

* Due to flight cancellations, Dr. Marin R. Sullivan, a special guest speaker will not be attending. Stephan Grot, KANEKO’s Executive Director, will take her place in this conversation.

Wander through Richard Hunt: MONUMENTAL during its final closing event.

Richard Hunt: MONUMENTAL seeks to ground this work within Hunt’s broader artistic practice and more critically contextualize his tremendous contributions to the history of American sculpture over the past seventy-five years. The timing coincides with the celebration of Hunt’s work in the city of 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.


Jon Ott
Biographer of Richard Hunt
Chair, International Sculpture Center

Jon Ott is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Sculpture Center, which presented Richard Hunt with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. He is the author of the definitive chronology of Richard Hunt published in the artist’s major monograph Richard Hunt in September 2022. He and his wife, Molly, purchased their first sculpture from Richard Hunt in 2003, beginning their enduring passion for collecting art. Hunt, a guest of honor, attended their wedding sparking their decades-long friendship. Over the years, Ott has spent countless hours with the artist in his studios and on the road, traveling to see art and visit friends. For Richard Hunt’s monograph, Ott conducted hundreds of hours of interviews with Hunt, in addition to copious primary research, to produce a comprehensive chronology of the artist’s life and seven-decade career. In addition, Ott has curated a large archive of research assets about Richard Hunt assembled over his two-decade relationship with the artist. Ott most recently served as the editorial consultant for Richard Hunt’s most robust exhibition catalog to date Richard Hunt: MONUMENTAL published in January 2023.



Image Archive: Richard Hunt with Organic Construction, Number 3 (1961) at B. C. Holland Gallery, Chicago, 1962. Welded chromed steel, 621/2 × 241/2 × 241/2 in.

Born in Chicago in 1935, world-renowned sculptor Richard Hunt has singularly made the largest contribution to public art in the United States; over 150 public sculpture commissions grace prominent locations in 24 states and Washington, D.C. Hunt has held over 150 solo exhibitions and is represented in more than 100 public museums across the globe, from California to Maine, Detroit to Birmingham, and Vienna to Jerusalem. Read More

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