Fall 2019 Public Lecture Series

Dave Hullfish Bailey, Crashpad (Jefferson Boulevard and Route 66), 2019. Archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist.

Posted by Liam Otten August 20, 2019


Ai Weiwei is among the most rigorous, challenging, and outspoken artists in the world today. This fall, the renowned Chinese dissident will discuss his wide-ranging practice as part of a public Q&A at Washington University in St. Louis.

The talk, which will take place Sept. 26, is presented as part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts’ fall Public Lecture Series. In all, the series will feature eight presentations by internationally renowned artists, architects, art historians, and designers.

Events begin Sept. 19 with Swiss architect Patrick Gmür, founding partner of Gmür & Geschwentner and a former director of urban planning for the City of Zurich, who is serving as the Sam Fox School’s Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor this fall. The winner of numerous architectural competitions, Gmür is internationally renowned for his housing developments and school buildings. Major projects in Zurich include the James and Paul Clairmont housing development, the Hard Turm Park high rise, and Scherr schoolhouse renovation and extension.

Sabine Eckmann, the William T. Kemper Director and chief curator of Washington University’s Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, will host the Sept. 26 Q&A with Ai. Co-sponsored by the Assembly Series, the event will explore the artist’s ongoing engagement with human rights issues and with Chinese culture past and present. It comes in conjunction with the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Bare Life, a major survey debuting at the newly expanded Kemper Art Museum Sept. 27 and 28.

The series will continue Oct. 23 with art historian John Curley, followed on Oct. 24 by Yvonne Farrell, founder of Dublin-based Grafton Architects, recipient of the 2020 RIBA Royal Gold Medal. The Decoys & Depictions symposium, which explores the role of digital images in contemporary art and architecture, will feature keynote addresses by Nader Tehrani, dean of architecture at The Cooper Union (Oct. 25), and Brett Steele, dean of UCLA Arts (Oct. 26).

Native American artist Duane Slick will present the Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Lecture Nov 4. Rounding out the series will be Dave Hullfish Bailey, who will present the Henry L. And Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellow Lecture Nov. 17 at the Saint Louis Art Museum, in conjunction with his fall Currents exhibition.

All events are free and open to the public, though tickets are required for the Q&A with Ai. See here for details. Unless otherwise noted, all events will begin at 6p in Steinberg Hall Auditorium and will be preceded by a reception at 5:30p.

Steinberg Hall is located on the east end of Washington University’s Danforth Campus, near the intersection of Skinker and Forsyth boulevards and immediately adjacent to the Kemper Art Museum. For more information, call 314-935-9300 or visit samfoxschool.wustl.edu.

Fall 2019 events

September 19
Patrick Gmür
Founding partner, Gmür & Geschwentner Architekten
Ruth & Norman Moore Visiting Professor Lecture

September 26
Ai Weiwei
Bunny & Charles Burson Visiting Artist Lecture: Q&A with Sabine Eckmann
5:30p in Edison Theatre; livestream in Steinberg Auditorium
Free, but tickets required; click here for details.

October 23
John Curley
Associate professor, modern and contemporary art, Wake Forest University
6p, Kemper Art Museum Lobby

October 24
Yvonne Farrell
Founding director, Grafton Architects—recipient of the 2020 RIBA Royal Gold Medal
Ruth Kahn Lynford Lecture

5p Reception, 5:30p Lecture

October 25
Nader Tehrani
Dean of architecture, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, Cooper Union; principal, NADAAA
AIA St. Louis Scholarship Fund Lecture
Keynote address, Decoys & Depictions: Images of the Digital Symposium
5p, Kuehner Family Court, Weil Hall

October 26
Brett Steele
Dean, UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture
Abend Family Lecture
Keynote address, Decoys & Depictions: Images of the Digital Symposium
5:30p, Kuehner Family Court, Weil Hall

November 4
Duane Slick
Professor of painting, Rhode Island School of Design
Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist Lecture
6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture

November 17
Dave Hullfish Bailey
Henry L. And Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellow Lecture
2p, Saint Louis Art Museum