Visiting Artists Program: 2006-2010
- Harry Pearce
- María Martínez-Cañas: Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series1
- Camille Utterback
- Martha Wilson
- Lynda Barry
- Richard Sennett2
- Saya Woolfalk: Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series1
- Doug Aitken
- Amy Franceschini
- Doris Salcedo3
- Matt Keegan
- Ryan Trecartin4
4. Co-presented with SAIC’s Conversations at the Edge.
This lecture series bridges the historic roots of American modernism with the critical practices of contemporary artists and architects and is presented in conjunction with the Learning Modern exhibition at SAIC's Sullivan Galleries on view September 26, 2009–Janurary 9, 2010. These timely reappraisals of the Modern coincide with Chicago's Burnham Plan Centennial, the opening of the Art Institute's Renzo Piano Modern Wing, and the 90th anniversary of the Bauhaus in Germany—with its dream of artists, architects, and designers, working together to make a better world. This series also springs from recognition of artist-educator László Moholy-Nagy’s emigration to Chicago in 1937, followed by architect Mies van der Rohe one year later, transplanting Bauhaus ideologies expunged from wartime Germany. Learning Modern speakers bring this living legacy into our own time.
This series is part of the Living Modern Chicago program, a collaboration of SAIC and the Mies van der Rohe Society/Illinois Institute of Technology, in partnership with other cultural institutions in Chicago and is sponsored in part by SAIC Department of Exhibitions, the Mies van der Rohe Society at IIT, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Getty Images and Alicia Rosauer and Robert Segal.
- Narelle Jubelin
- Kathleen James-Chakraborty
- Andrea Deplazes1
- Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba: Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series2
- Christian Veddeler3
- Liisa Roberts4
- Jorge Pardo
Art and the Right to Believe
In a world where the freedom to see from any and every perspective brings about confusion and clarity in equal measure, this series brings together artists and other thinkers to address the questions generated by examining the relationships between art, lived experience, culture, institutions, and ultimately, the nature of belief itself.
- Joe Zucker in conversation with Klaus Kertess: Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series5
- Richard Tuttle and Mei Mei Berssenbrugge
3. Presented in collaboration with ACADIA, the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Chicago, and the Goethe-Institut Chicago.
4. Co-presented with SAIC’s Conversations at the Edge.5. Presented in collaboration with SAIC's Office of Alumni Relations and SAIC's Department of Painting and Drawing
This lecture series brings together artists using classical or figurative imagery to negotiate contemporary reality. Many of the participating artists are interested in hybridizing the vast encyclopedia of available images, reworking influences from art history, fairy tales, low art and advertising culture, which combined with technical virtuosity can result in a hybrid fiction, a post-surrealist, neo-romantic or futuristic space connected by the urgency of narrative.
- Marek Cecula
- Omer Fast1
- Candice Breitz [podcast]
- Jenny E. Sabin2 [podcast]
- Sanford Biggers: Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series3
- Vladimir Us4
- Rirkrit Tiravanija5
- Willie Doherty
- Susanne Lorenz
- Ângela Ferreira
- Suzie Silver: Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series3
2. Supported in part by the William H. Bronson and Grayce Slovett Mitchell Lecture Series in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.3. Presented in collaboration with SAIC's Office of Alumni Relations
4. CEC Artslink Fellow.
5. Co-sponsored by SAIC’s Department of Exhibitions & Exhibition Studies and the open Practice Committee/Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago, with assistance from the Chicago Cultural Center.
The Object Of Labor: Art, Cloth, and Cultural Production
This lecture series accompanies the release of the publication The Object of Labor: Art, Cloth, and Cultural Production, published by SAIC Press and MIT Press and edited by Joan Livingstone and John Ploof. Exploring the personal, political, social, and economic meaning of work through the lens of art and textile production, the ubiquity of cloth in everyday life, the historically resonant relationship of textile and cloth to labor, and the tumultuous drive of globalization make the contemporary issues raised by this series of special interest. Supported in part by the William H. Bronson and Grayce Slovett Mitchell Lecture Series in the Department of Fiber and Materials Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Art and Politics
This lecture series features artists and scholars addressing the ebb and flow of contemporary political art and explores the pitfalls and possibilities of making art that engages both politics and society.
- Dan Perjovschi
- Donald H. Russell
- Andrea Bowers and Marcos Ramírez ERRE
- Andy Bichlbaum from The Yes Men
- Joshua Mosley: Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series1
Gender At Issue
This lecture series will examine renewed constructions of gender.
This lecture series features an international selection of fashion designers, providing a global perspective on contemporary, innovative design. Funded in part by Shirley Schnackenberg, Lisa Warshauer and the Baila Foundation.
- Strangelove: Ziemek Pater and Carlo Gibson
- House of Diehl: MJ Diehl and Roman Milisic
- Caroline Evans
- Lucy Orta
A New Institutionalism? Where Artists and Curators Meet
This symposium will consider the manifestation of a “new institutionalism” in the academic and public programs of art schools. Locating their remarks within their present institutional contexts, the panelists will discuss their practice— making exhibitions, commissioning artists’ work, creating new art projects and academic initiatives, and undertaking disciplinary art research within the academic environment.
Panelists Include: Larry Rinder, Eungie Joo, Michael Brenson, Ute Meta Bauer and Lisa Wainwright.
- John Gerrard: Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series1
- Lida Abdul3
- Fiona Wright4
- Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky5
4. Presented in collaboration with SAIC's Department of Performance5. Presented on the occasion of Link City Chicago, a collaboration between SAIC and the Chicago History Museum.
Art and Environmental Consciousness
Negotiated Localities: Artists, Designers and Citizens in a Green City
This lecture series invites a diverse community to dive deeply into the subject of how a city is best sustained. Interactive sessions, workshops and installations by leading artists and thinkers—global and local—will focus on Chicago as a site for sustainable urban practices. Refreshments from local green eateries, an expert-guided bus tour of sustainable initiatives and projects throughout Chicago and the ability to make your voice heard through Open Mic, makes this first-time event one not to be missed. Presented in conjunction with the MCA’s symposium Massive Change and the City: Global Visionaries Symposium featuring Mayor Richard M. Daley, Bruce Mau, Stewart Brand, Hazel Henderson, and John Todd. Supported by Mayor Daley and the Chicago Department of Planning and Development and SAIC’s Betty Rymer Gallery.
- Chris Luebkeman
- Eames Demetrios
- Michele Gambetta/ The RIDER Project
- Veronica Cordeiro
- Russell L. Lewis
Image & Text: Writing Off The Page
This lecture series examines the relationship between image and text in contemporary art. It explores the work of artists who skillfully employ written language or text in their projects as well as writers whose projects have visual meaning and significance.
- Clarissa Sligh
- The Critical Front (Patricia J. Williams, Sheri L. Parks and Stanford W. Carpenter)
- Thomas Hirschhorn
- William T. Wiley
- Raymond Pettibon
- Steve Tomasula
- Elliott Earls
- Tracey Rose1
- Maria Korosteleva2
- George Kuchar and Anne McGuire
- Michele H. Bogart
- Wagner Malta Tavares3
- Elizabeth Peyton
- Magdalena Abakanowicz
- Chris Johanson
- Paul Chan: Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series4
- Nato Thompson
- Peggy Phelan
- Diego Piñón5
2. CEC Artslink Fellow.
3. Artist-in-Residence, Iberê Camargo Foundation Grant.4. Presented in collaboration with SAIC's Office of Alumni Relations5. Co-sponsored by Links Hall.