Collector Jarl Mohn speaks with Liz Glynn, a prolific and deeply thoughtful LA artist, about her ambitious public projects at MassMOCA, LACMA, The Hammer, SculptureCenter and the Public Art Fund, NYC at Doris Friedman Plaza in Central Park. They will also discuss Liz’s individual series of sculptures, what they are expressing, and the questions they raise.
Currently, Jarl Mohn is President Emeritus of NPR, having served as President and CEO from July 2014 to October of 2019.
Mohn’s media experience has spanned all media platforms as well as rapid changes in audience trends. He spent almost 20 years in radio, many as a disc jockey at stations including WNBC in New York. In addition to on-air work in radio, he served as a programmer, general manager, and owner of a group of radio stations. He created E! Entertainment Television, and served as its president and CEO for almost a decade. He is the former executive vice president and general manager of MTV and VH1, where he architected the strategy of long-form programming at the heart of the network today, and diversified the networks' audiences by developing innovative programming around alternative music formats. He was also founding president and CEO of Liberty Digital, a public company that invested in cable networks, the Internet, and online businesses.
Prior to joining NPR in July of 2014, Mohn served on the board of trustees of Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) for more than a decade, including two years as chairman. He also spent over 12 years on the board of the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, including six years as its chair. He has also been a corporate director and advisor to a number of media companies, making direct early stage angel and seed investments in digital media/technology ventures. Mohn served on the board of the EW Scripps Company and Scripps Networks for over 16 years, until the recent sale to Discovery Networks. He also served as a director on the boards of XM Satellite Radio, Riot Games, and was chairman of CNET. Jarl also manages The Mohn Family Foundation, a philanthropic entity that he and his wife, Pamela, created in 2000.
He attended Temple University, where he studied Mathematics and Philosophy.
Liz Glynn creates sculpture, large-scale installations, and performances using epic historical narratives, cultural artifacts, and monumental architecture to explore the potential for change in the present tense. Her work mines the past to contemplate the present and model possible futures. This practice functions as a form of materialist philosophy: activating objects through performance, changing materials to trace shifts in cultural value, and embodying the rise and fall of empires through cycles of actions and object production. Fundamentally, her work considers what it means to make objects and occupy a human body in the face of technological acceleration.
Her recent projects include Unearthed Underground for Bold Tendencies in London, The Archaeology of Another Possible Future, a twenty-five thousand square foot installation at MASS MoCA, North Adams; Open House, a project of the Public Art Fund in New York; and The Myth of Singularity at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her first permanent public commission, Terra Techne, situated at the San Francisco International Airport, Terminal 1, opened last year. Her work has been presented at The New Museum, New York; the Barbican Centre, London; Museum of Contemporary Ary, Los Angeles; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; SculptureCenter, New York; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts; the Petit Palais, Paris; and Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, Austria. Glynn has been featured in The New York Times, Artforum, Vanity Fair, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Architectural Digest, Archaeology Magazine, and Frieze. She received her BA from Harvard College, and her MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Glynn is represented by Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.