Fader Speaks with Lisa Wainwright and Walter Massey on Kanye West’s Honorary Degree

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The FADER interviewed SAIC Dean of Faculty Lisa Wainwright and President Walter Massey about the school’s decision to give Kanye West an honorary doctorate at this year’s Commencement Ceremony. “What art school teaches—what our art school teaches—is how to think creatively even outside of the field in which you operate, and Kanye does that. He slips between these disciplines in such interesting ways,” said Wainwright.

Walter Massey speaks about West’s contributions to the cultural landscape, remarking, “This is the complexity of our current situation that he exemplifies. He is both inside of and critical of systems; he is enthusiastically engaged in creating while also critiquing. We have faculty members who use him as the subject of their teaching, so this is perfect.”

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Pictured: Lisa Wainwright