Spring 2018 Public Lecture Series

Michael Rakowitz, Minaret. Performance, 2001-ongoing. Mosque alarm clock, megaphone.

Posted by Liam Otten January 30, 2018


The images twist and curl like heat rising through air.

Armed with candle and flame, South African artist Diane Victor creates delicate, ephemeral-seeming portraits of missing children, AIDS clinic patients, and other vulnerable populations.

At 6:30p Monday, February 5, Victor will launch the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts' spring Public Lecture Series with a free talk about her work.

Victor, the Sam Fox School's Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist, is known for prints and drawings that investigate the inequalities, anxieties, and complexities of contemporary South African society. While in residence, she will work with printmaking students and faculty to create new work for Island Press, the School's professional collaborative printshop.

The Public Lecture Series will continue February 26 with the annual Fumihiko Maki Lecture, presented by Pierre Bélanger, associate professor of landscape architecture at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. Other lectures will include Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, founder and design director of Morphosis (March 23); Elena Manferdini, principal of Atelier Manferdini (April 4); artist Jennifer Bornstein (April 20); and designer Keetra Dean Dixon (April 23). In all, the series will feature 11 presentations by nationally and internationally known artists, architects, curators, and designers.

All talks are free and open to the public and begin at 6:30p in Steinberg Hall Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Each will be preceded by a reception at 6p.

Parking on the Danforth Campus is limited due to construction. Please visit our website for details.

Spring 2018 speakers

February 5
Diane Victor
Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist Lecture

February 26
Pierre Bélanger
Associate professor of landscape architecture, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design
Fumihiko Maki Lecture

February 28
Emmy Thelander
Wallace Herndon Smith Distinguished Visiting Assistant Professor Lecture

March 5
Victoria Vesna
Artist; Professor, UCLA Department of Design and Media Arts; Director, Art|Sci Center, UCLA School of the Arts and California NanoSystems Institute
Graduate Art Open House Lecture
5p Reception, 5:30p Lecture

March 23
Thom Mayne
Founder and design director, Morphosis
Ruth Kahn Lynford Lecture
Graduate Architecture Open House Lecture

April 4
Elena Manferdini
Principal and owner, Atelier Manferdini
Coral Courts Lecture

April 11
Eric Mumford
Rebecca and John Voyles Professor of Architecture
In conjunction with “Transformative Visions: Washington University’s East End, Then and Now”
* Reception at 6 p.m. in the Kemper Art Museum

April 16
Pae White

April 20
Jennifer Bornstein
Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellow Lecture
Time TBD, at the Saint Louis Art Museum

April 23
Keetra Dean Dixon
Designer and assistant professor, Rhode Island School of Design
Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Visiting Artist Lecture

April 25
Michael Rakowitz
Anova Lecture for Landscape Architecture
Co-sponsored by the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics

Image credit

Jennifer Bornstein, American, born 1970; Blue Room, 2014; oil based printing ink on linen; six panels, each: 66 x 43 inches, total dimensions: 126 x 117 inches. Photo courtesy of the artist © Jennifer Bornstein.