Fall 2014 Public Lecture Series

Michael Ray Charles, (Forever Free) Victory.

Artist Michael Ray Charles kicks off series September 15

Posted by Liam Otten August 25, 2014

A small white boat glows on a dark, tumultuous sea. Hands reach inside, impossibly, to grip the oars.

In (Forever Free) Victory, Michael Ray Charles offers Zen-like allegory—a visual koan, almost—about the relationship between liberty and self-determination. Is freedom the freedom to chart the course or merely the freedom to drown?

The quiet, haunting image stands in marked counterpoint to much of Charles' work. Over the last 20 years, the painter has earned an international reputation for handsome, weathered-looking paintings that aggressively appropriate—and scathingly critique—the racist caricatures and stereotypes of vintage American illustration.

At 6:30p Monday, September 15, Charles will discuss his work for the Sam Fox School's fall Public Lecture Series. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the talk is the presented as part of WUSTL's Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program.

In all, the Public Lecture Series will feature 13 presentations by nationally and internationally known artists, architects, designers, and scholars.

Events will continue September 17 with British architect Dennis Crompton, a founding member of the visionary collective Archigram. Works by several of Crompton's co-founders, including Peter Cook and Michael Webb, are featured in the exhibition Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association, which opens September 12 at the Kemper Art Museum.

Other speakers will include Jaume Plensa (October 1), whose sculpture Ainsa I was recently installed at the Olin Business School as part of WUSTL's Art on Campus program; architect Peter Eisenman (October 27), whose work also is featured in Drawing Ambience; and Nasrine Seraji (November 7), who will deliver the keynote address for the symposium Women in Architecture: 1974 | 2014.

Fall 2014 Speakers

All events are free and open to the public and begin at 6:30p in Steinberg Hall Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Each will be preceded by a reception at 6p.

September 15
Michael Ray Charles
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Painting, University of Houston
Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program Lecture
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost

September 17
Dennis Crompton
Co-founder, Archigram
In conjunction with Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association
*6p Reception, Kemper Art Museum

September 22
David Leatherbarrow
Professor of architecture and chairman, Graduate Group in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
Abend Family Lecture

September 26
Steve Dumez
Partner and director of design, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, New Orleans
Co-sponsored by AIA St. Louis
*Noon Lecture, Kemp Auditorium

October 1
Jaume Plensa
Olin Business School Art on Campus Dedication
*5p Reception, 5:30p Program
Emerson Auditorium, Knight Hall, Olin Business School

October 6
Christopher Sperandio
Co-founder, Cargo Space; assistant professor of painting and drawing, Rice University

October 8
Susannah Drake
Founding principal, dlandstudio
Anova Lecture for Landscape Architecture

October 15
Jan Tumlir
Wallace Herndon Smith Distinguished Professor of Art Lecture

October 20
Henrik Drescher
Artist, illustrator, and author
Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist Lecture

October 21
Carl Steinitz
Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning Emeritus, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Co-sponsored by Data & GIS Services, WUSTL Libraries

October 27
Peter Eisenman
Founder and design principal, Peter Eisenman Architects
Co-sponsored by Student Union
*6p Reception, Kemper Art Museum

November 7
Nasrine Seraji
Founding partner, Atelier Seraji
Coral Courts Lecture
Keynote address, Women in Architecture: 1974 | 2014
Co-sponsored by the Assembly Series

November 24
James Elkins
E.C. Chadbourne Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Art and the Graduate Speaker Series in the Department of Art History & Archaeology in Arts & Sciences