Spring 2019 Public Lecture Series

“Weather Field No. 2,” Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle. Photo: Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. Full caption below.

Posted by Liam Otten January 9, 2019


Fashion icon Gabriel Asfour, architect Georgina Huljich and artist David Humphrey are among the international array of cutting-edge visual thinkers who will visit Washington University in St. Louis as part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts’ spring Public Lecture Series.

In all, the spring series will feature 10 presentations by renowned artists, architects, curators, and designers. All talks are free and open to the public and begin at 6:30p in Washington University’s Steinberg Hall Auditorium unless otherwise noted. A 6p reception will precede each talk.

Events will begin Jan. 16 with Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle. The Chicago-based artist recently completed “Weather Field No. 2,” a commission for the university’s Art on Campus program. The piece was installed last month near the north entrance to Olin Library.

threeASFOUR in collaboration with Travis Fitch, 3D-printed by Stratasys. (Photo courtesy of threeASFOUR)
threeASFOUR in collaboration with Travis Fitch, 3D-printed by Stratasys. (Photo courtesy of threeASFOUR)

Asfour, a co-founder of the fashion collective threeASFOUR, will discuss his storied career Jan. 23. The recipient of a 2015 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, threeASFOUR fuses high technology with traditional craftsmanship to explore themes of collective consciousness and cultural co-existence. The group’s work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Met Costume Institute, among many others.

Humphrey, who will speak Feb. 4, is a prolific writer and artist known for bright, psychologically complex paintings and sculptures that deftly combine reference points and visual languages. Painterly rendering and gestural abstraction collide with graffiti-inflected shorthand, photo-projected snapshots and images sourced from the digital realm.

Huljich, who will speak Feb. 6, is principal and managing director of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, a design/research architectural practice that has won international recognition for its innovative approach to form, material and digital technology. She previously worked at the Guggenheim Museum and Dean/Wolf Architects in New York and at Morphosis Architects in Los Angeles.

P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, rendering for Olympia, a proposed mixed-use, high-rise development in downtown Los Angeles, developed in partnership with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. (Photo: ©Visualhouse)

Other scheduled lectures include: Cristiano Ceccato (March 4) and landscape architect Gunther Vogt (March 25). See below for a complete list.

Steinberg Hall is near the intersection of Skinker and Forsyth boulevards, immediately adjacent to Givens Hall and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

Parking on the Danforth Campus is limited due to construction. Please see our parking and visitor information page for details.

For more information, call 314-935-9300.

Spring 2019 speakers

Jan. 16
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle

Artist, Chicago
Art on Campus Lecture
* Lecture at 6p in the Ann W. Olin Women’s Building

Jan. 23
Gabriel Asfour
Founding partner, threeASFOUR, New York
Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Visiting Designer Lecture

Jan. 30
Sandra Barclay and Jean Pierre Crousse
Founding partners, Barclay & Crousse Architecture, Lima, Peru
Ruth Kahn Lynford Lecture

Feb. 4
David Humphrey
Artist, New York
Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Visiting Artist Lecture

Feb. 6
Georgina Huljich
Principal and managing director, P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, Los Angeles
Coral Courts Lecture

Feb. 22
Doug Farr
President and founding principal, Farr Associates, Chicago
Sustainable Urbanism Masterclass Kickoff Lecture

March 4
Cristiano Ceccato
Associate director, Zaha Hadid Architects, London
AIA St. Louis Scholarship Fund Lecture

March 18
Richard Murphy
Director, Richard Murphy Architects, Edinburgh
Eugene J. Mackey Jr. Lecture

March 25
Gunther Vogt
Founder and principal, Vogt Landscape Architects, Zurich
Anova Lecture for Landscape Architecture


Top Image: “Weather Field No. 2,” a new commission by Chicago artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, installed near the north side of Olin Library. Manglano-Ovalle will discuss his work in a free public lecture Jan. 16. The project also will be featured in an Art on Campus walking tour, led by curator Leslie Markle on April 6. (Photo: Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum)