Spring 2017 Public Lecture Series

Andres L. Hernandez and Amanda Williams review student work as part of the fall 2016 studio they co-taught. Photo: James Byard.

Posted by Liam Otten February 23, 2017


Creativity is a form of research—a way of grappling with the history and community of a place while also demarcating its future potential.

This spring and summer, Chicago-based artists Amanda Williams and Andres L. Hernandez will transform a vacant lot in St. Louis' Grand Center neighborhood into a temporary space for public programs and events.

At 6:30p Wednesday, March 8, the pair—who are also part of the team designing the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago—will discuss their commission, developed for the 2015-17 iteration of PXSTL, in a free lecture in Washington University’s Steinberg Hall.

Established in 2013, PXSTL is jointly sponsored by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sam Fox School. (The name is an acronym for the Pulitzer, Sam Fox School, and St. Louis.) The competition is intended to explore the ways in which small-scale creative interventions might serve as meaningful catalysts for urban transformation.

Williams and Hernandez's design, titled A Way, Away (Listen While I Say), will activate both the vacant lot and a building adjacent to it, which has been slated for demolition. In so doing, the project will examine the idea of building and "unbuilding" as both a working methodology and as a response to a particular place and site.

The PXSTL Lecture by Williams and Hernandez will launch the Sam Fox School's spring Public Lecture Series. In all, the series will feature 12 presentations by nationally and internationally known artists, architects, curators and designers.

The series will continue March 20 with Diana Guerrero-Maciá, the Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist. Other speakers will include landscape architect Thomas Woltz (March 28), architect Odile Decq (April 7), and artists Shimon Attie (March 31) and Tom Friedman (April 19).

All talks 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.

Spring 2017 speakers

March 8
Amanda Williams & Andres L. Hernandez
Williams: Adjunct Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology
Hernandez: Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Art Education, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
PXSTL Lecture

March 20
Diana Guerrero-Maciá
Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist Lecture

March 22
Alix Gerber
Researcher & Designer
Lecture at 11:45a in Kemp Auditorium, Givens Hall
Louis D. Beaumont Visiting Assistant Professor Lecture

March 22
Howard Lay
Associate Professor, Department of the History of Art, University of Michigan
Reception at 6p in the Kemper Art Museum
In conjunction with Spectacle and Leisure in Paris: Degas to Mucha, on view through May 21 at the Kemper Art Museum

March 23
Dan Michaelson
Founding Partner, Creative Director, & Technical Lead, Linked by Air
Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Visiting Artist Lecture

March 28
Thomas Woltz
Principal & Owner, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
Anova Lecture for Landscape Architecture

March 31
Shimon Attie
Lecture at 7p at the Saint Louis Art Museum
Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellow Lecture

April 1
Yemane I. Demissie
Filmmaker & Associate Professor, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
Brabson Filmmaker Lecture & Screening
Part of ARCHIVE | Interdisciplinary methods of understanding the archive: violence, suppression and restoration

April 7
Odile Decq
Co-Founder, Studio Odile Decq
Coral Courts Lecture
Graduate Architecture Open House Lecture

April 12
Erik L'Heureux
Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor Lecture

April 18
Silvia Kolbowski
Brabson Filmmaker Lecture

April 19
Tom Friedman
Reception at 6p in the Kemper Art Museum
Art on Campus Lecture