Spring 2015 Public Lecture Series

Carrie Mae Weems, "Untitled (Colored People Grid)," 2009–10. Full credit below.

Speakers include artist Carrie Mae Weems, architect Bernard Tschumi

Posted by Liam Otten January 21, 2015

In Untitled (Colored People Grid) (2009–10), conceptual photographer Carrie Mae Weems collects 11 ink-jet portraits—each depicting a young African-American boy or girl, each tinted a different hue—and scatters them amidst a modernist grid of solid, silk-screened panels. The effect is to critique both a word once used to identify African Americans ("colored") and the hierarchy of social values it represents, while also reclaiming it as a potential signifier of diversity and pride.

Last fall, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum acquired Untitled (Colored People Grid) for its permanent collection. On Monday, February 2, Weems—who has spent the last three decades confronting the visual cues and conventions that shape our understandings of race, gender, and class—will discuss her work in a talk titled Color: Real and Imagined as part of the Sam Fox School's spring Public Lecture Series. (For those unable to attend, the lecture will be available here.)

In all, the spring series will feature 11 presentations by nationally and internationally known artists, architects, curators, and designers. Events begin Monday, January 26, with Javier Maroto, the Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor of Architecture, who will discuss Living Better Than Inhabiting.

Following Weems, the series will continue February 11 with Shashi Caan, founding partner of SC Collective, who will deliver the inaugural Ruth Kahn Lynford Lecture. Other speakers will include architect Bernard Tschumi (March 27) and Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellow Mariam Ghani (April 7).

Video: Weems discusses her 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, aka "genius grant."

Spring 2015 Speakers

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

Monday, January 26
Javier Maroto
Co-Founder, SOLID architecture and Maremoto Paisajes; Professor, Escola Técnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona
Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor of Architecture Lecture

Monday, February 2
Carrie Mae Weems
Bunny and Charles Burson Distinguished Visiting Lecture
*6p Reception, Kemper Art Museum

Wednesday, February 11
Shashi Caan
Founding Partner, SC Collective
Ruth Kahn Lynford Lecture

Thursday, February 19
Achim Menges
Architect, Professor, & Founding Director, Institute for Computational Design, University of Stuttgart
AIA St. Louis Scholarship Fund Lecture

Monday, February 23
Paula Wilson
Louis D. Beaumont Artist in Residence Lecture

Monday, March 16
Sam Durant & Candice Hopkins
Durant is an American artist; Hopkins is the Elizabeth Simonfay Curatorial Resident in Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada
In conjunction with Sam Durant: Proposal for White and Indian Dead Monument Transpositions, Washington, D.C.
*6p Reception, Kemper Art Museum

RESCHEDULED: Wangechi Mutu
Artist and activist

Friday, March 27
Bernard Tschumi
Founder, Bernard Tschumi Architects; Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
Cannon Design Lecture for Excellence in Architecture and Engineering
Graduate Architecture Open House Lecture

Wednesday, April 1
Matthew Coolidge
Founder & Director, Center for Land Use Interpretation
Anova Lecture for Landscape Architecture

Monday, April 6
Jesse Reiser & Nanako Umemoto
Principals, Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture, PC
Fumihiko Maki Lecture

Tuesday, April 7
Mariam Ghani
Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellow Lecture
*6:30p Lecture, Saint Louis Art Museum

Tuesday, April 13
Catherine Dossin
Associate professor of art history, Purdue University
In conjunction with From Picasso to Fontana—Collecting Modern and Postwar Art in the Eisendrath Years, 1960-1968
* 6p Reception, Kemper Art Museum

Image Credit

Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled (Colored People Grid), 2009–10. Thirty-one screen-printed papers and eleven inkjet prints, AP 2/2 (ed. 5), 87 7/8 x 75 3/16" (overall). Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. University purchase, Bixby Fund, and with funds from Bunny and Charles Burson, Helen Kornblum, Kim and Bruce Olson, and Barbara Eagleton, 2014.