Feb 10

Tom Kalin

Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series

From short experimental videos to feature-length narrative films, such as Swoon and Savage Grace, Tom Kalin's (MFA 1987) award-winning work has been screened throughout the world.

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Feb 22

Xu Bing

Chinese artist Xu Bing is known for making mixed-media installations that subvert systems of language, meaning, and tradition.

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Mar 7

Joep van Lieshout

Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout has produced works that straddle art, design, and architecture such as sculpture, installations, buildings, furniture, utopias and dystopias.

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Apr 5

Diane Simpson

Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series

Diane Simpson (BFA 1971, MFA 1978) creates sculptures and preparatory drawings that evolve from a diverse range of sources including clothing, utilitarian objects, and architecture.

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Apr 27

Sophie Calle

Since the late 1970s, French artist Sophie Calle has made work that investigates provocative and often controversial methods for confronting her emotional and psychological life.

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Jan 7

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  • Feb 10Tom Kalin
  • Feb 22Xu Bing
  • Mar 7Joep van Lieshout
  • Apr 5Diane Simpson
  • Apr 27Sophie Calle

Visiting Minds. Lasting Influence.

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 primary mission of the Visiting Artists Program is to educate and foster 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.