A workshop on designing protest objects with Hong Kong artist and urbanist Sampson Wong.

Sampson Wong holds a PhD in geography from the University of Manchester, and is currently a lecturer at the Liberal Arts Studies department, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. With research interests on contemporary urbanism, art and the public sphere and socially-engaged creative practices, he divides his time among the roles of artist, independent curator and academic. As an active participant in Hong Kong’s civil society and artistic sphere, he co-founded the Hong Kong Urban Laboratory, emptyscape, Umbrella Movement Visual Archive, Add Oil Team and The Twenties.

OPEN TO SAIC STUDENTS ONLY. Apply for the workshop here: https://tinyurl.com/ycbklhge
*Please apply using your SAIC email. Contact Ryan Deemer with any questions at rdeemer@saic.edu

October 4, 2017

The Washington Center Honors SAIC with the 2017 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award

CHICAGO–The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, was honored with the 2017 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award from The Washington Center. The school was selected for its leadership and innovation in civic engagement and was presented with the award during The Washington Center’s annual awards luncheon in Washington, D.C., at the National Press Club on October 2. The Washington Center recognized SAIC’s efforts to bring its art and design education to the communities of Chicago and beyond. These initiatives include:

A discussion with Hong Kong artist Sampson Wong, Jonathan Solomon, Mechtild Widrich, Thomas Kong, Maud Lavin, Celine Setiadi, and Aram Han Sifuentes on global movements and protest creativity, theories of activist objects, and on the relationship between art and resistance. 

September 26, 2017

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Launches Matching Gift Incentive to Help Surpass $50 Million Fundraising Goal

CHICAGO—The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, is closing in on a $50 million goal in its first-ever major public fundraising campaign and has received a gift that will enable the school to launch a matching incentive that will help put it over the finish line for Beautiful/Work: The Campaign for SAIC.

September 25, 2017

Alumni Stories

John McKinnon (dual degree Arts Administration/Art History, 2008) was named Executive Director of the Board of Directors of the Elmhurst Art Museum in August, 2017. He was formerly the Program Director of The Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. From 2007 to 2010, he was Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum. While at the museum, his exhibitions included BRUCE CONNER; Fifty Works for Fifty States: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection; Andy Warhol: The Last Decade; Andy Warhol: Pop Star; Act/React: Interactive Installation Art; and On Site: Santiago Cucullu. He has independently organized group exhibitions including works by Robert Heinecken, Paul McCarthy, Jim Nutt, Otto Piene, William Pope.L, DIeter Roth, Ed Ruscha, Peter Saul, and others. He has written for Artforum, Art Papers, X-TRA, and Flash Art.  

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Friday, November 17, 2017

12:10 pm-12:50 pm

Based on her forthcoming book Modernism as Memory: Building Identity in the Federal Republic of Germany, which will appear in 2018 with the University of Minnesota Press, James-Chakraborty’s lecture will compare the political use of memory in Berlin since unification in 1990 versus its economic utility in the country’s former industrial heartland. James-Chakraborty is Professor of Art History at University College Dublin and the former Vincent Scully Visiting Professor of Architectural History at the Yale School of Architecture. Her books include Architecture since 1400 and the edited collections Bauhaus Culture from Weimar to the Cold War and India in Art in Ireland.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

12:10 pm-12:50 pm

How do artists, scholars, and writers approach archival practice?  This talk will explore both the theoretical and practical dimensions of archival work, with a particular look at narratives about Chicago's cultural history.  Drawing on her recent book Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis (Yale, 2017), Liesl Olson will discuss the allure of the archive as a potential source of untold stories.  Illuminating the importance of Chicago's early twentieth-century editors, bookstore owners, gallery owners, and cultural arbiters-many of whom were women-Olson will call attention to what the archive does-and does not-disclose.

Liesl Olson is Director of Chicago Studies at the Newberry Library.  She is the author of Modernism and the Ordinary (Oxford University Press 2009) and the forthcoming Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis (Yale 2017).

September 20, 2017

The School of the the Art Institute of Chicago Kicks Off a New Season of Conversations at the Edge Experimental Media Series

CHICAGO—Beginning October 12, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) critically acclaimed series Conversations at the Edge will host a distinguished lineup of screenings, performances and talks by groundbreaking artists who exemplify the boundary-blurring nature of experimental media.

Anita K. Sinha

September 19, 2017

Anita K. Sinha to take the Helm of SAIC's Board of Governors

CHICAGO—The Board of Governors of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) elected Anita K. Sinha to serve as its new Chair, effective November 14. Sinha is the first woman to occupy the position and will succeed Cary D. McMillan as the leader of SAIC’s governing body.


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