Feb 7

Ann Hamilton

Bill and Stephanie Sick Distinguished Visiting Professor

Ann Hamilton is known for her site-responsive, large-scale installations, public projects, and performance collaborations, which explore the relationships between written language and tactile experience.

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Mar 14

Huma Bhabha

We regret to inform you that a lecture scheduled for Tuesday, March 14, by artist Huma Bhabha has been cancelled due to weather. The event will be rescheduled for a later date.

New York-based artist Huma Bhabha creates work that addresses universal themes of colonialism, war, displacement, and memories of place.

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Mar 28

Sonya Clark

Distinguished Alumni
Lecture Series

Through materials such as textiles, hair, beads, combs, and sound, Sonya Clark (BFA 1993) unravels complex issues to address nationhood, identity, and racial constructs.


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Apr 3

Daniel Joseph Martinez

Daniel Joseph Martinez’s practice takes the form of text, sculpture, photography, painting, installation, robotics, performance, and public interventions to question issues of personal and collective identity, and interrogate social, political, and cultural conventions.

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Apr 12

Wael Shawky

Based in Alexandria, Egypt, Wael Shawky’s work tackles notions of national, religious, and artistic identity through film, performance, and storytelling.

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Apr 25

Walid Raad

Walid Raad’s work explores how events in the Middle East have affected the creation, exhibition, and experience of art in the region and abroad.

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Nov 29


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Nov 29


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  • Feb 7Ann Hamilton
  • Mar 14Huma Bhabha
  • Mar 28Sonya Clark
  • Apr 3Daniel Joseph Martinez
  • Apr 12Wael Shawky
  • Apr 25Walid Raad

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Founded in 1868, the Visiting Artists Program (VAP) is one of the oldest public programs of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Formalized in 1951 with the establishment of an endowed fund by Flora Mayer Witkowsky, the Visiting Artists Program features some of the most compelling practitioners and thinkers working today. Through a diverse mix of lectures, screenings, performances, conversations, and readings, VAP is one of the city's leading public forums for the presentation and contemplation of contemporary art, design, and scholarship.
An invaluable resource for SAIC students and the public alike, the Visiting Artists Program fosters a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art and culture through discourse. VAP arranges studio critiques and roundtable discussions for SAIC students, providing them with direct access to world-renowned speakers working across disciplines.