Sculpture Dialogues: WJT Mitchell

Sculpting the Infinite
Wednesday, November 06, 4:15 p.m.
280 S Columbus Dr (Room 127)
United States

W. J. T. Mitchell is Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago. He served as Chair of the English Department from 1988 to 1991, and has been the editor of Critical Inquiry since 1978. He received his B.A. from Michigan State University in 1963, his M.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1968. He taught in the English Department of Ohio State University from 1968-77 before moving to Chicago. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the British Academy, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the recipient of the University of Chicago Award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching, and the College Art Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for the Teaching of Art History.


Professor W.J.T. Mitchell will reflect on Infinite Cube (2014), a captivating sculpture comprised of a seemingly endless grid of light in the Smart Museum of Art’s collection. Mitchell will discuss the sculpture’s origin, which was inspired by a concept developed by his late son Gabriel and realized by artist Antony Gormley.


W.J.T. Mitchell will respond to graduate presentations by:

Elizabeth Cote & Jacobo Zambrano