Fall 2020 Public Events

Top row, from left: Natilee Harren, Walter J. Hood & Margarita Jover. Lower row: Jamal Cyrus, Mika Rottenberg & Eleanor Davis.

Posted by Liam Otten September 10, 2020


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The urban environment is woven from many threads—ecology and geography, but also hidden social patterns. As both a landscape designer and public artist, Walter J. Hood creates ecologically sustainable environments that also tease out local histories and speak to the aspirations of marginalized communities.

This fall, the MacArthur “Genius” Fellow will discuss his practice—which encompasses city parks and museum grounds as well as traffic islands, vacant lots, freeway underpasses, and other neglected spaces—for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Titled Hybrid Landscapes, Hood’s September 26 talk is presented as part of the Sam Fox School’s fall Public Lecture Series and as part of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum's "In Conversation" series. Other events will feature artist Jamal Cyrus and curator Stephanie Weissberg (October 7), illustrator and comics artist Eleanor Davis (October 22), architect Deborah Berke (October 26), Holocaust scholar Michael Rothberg (November 14), and artist Mika Rottenberg (November 18).

Combined, the series will include 20 virtual presentations by nationally and internationally renowned speakers.

"In Conversation"

Events will begin September 12 with art historian Natilee Harren, assistant professor at the University of Houston School of Art, and Meredith Malone, associate curator for Washington University’s Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. Their talk, is also part of the "In Conversation" series, is held in conjunction with Multiplied: Edition MAT and the Transformable Work of Art, 1959–1965. The critically acclaimed exhibition opened last February but was forced to close for most of the spring and summer.

"In Conversation" will continue September 29 with Geoff Ward, professor of African and African-American Studies in Arts & Sciences at Washington University and curator of the Teaching Gallery exhibition Truths and Reckonings: The Art of Transformative Racial Justice; October 10 with art historian Alexander Alberro of Barnard College, joined by Malone and WashU’s Ignacio M. Sanchez Prado, the Jarvis Thurston and Mona Van Duyn Professor in the Humanities in Arts & Sciences; on November 7 with the Sam Fox School’s Constance Vale and Shantel Blakely; and on November 14 with Rothberg. The latter talk is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences and the University’s Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity.

Other Highlights

Architect Margarita Jover, co-founder of the Barcelona-based firm aldayjover architecture, will discuss strategies for mitigating and reversing socioecological crises, on October 12. Other architectural speakers will include Robert McCarter (October 15), Robert Kahn (November 16), and Eric Mumford (December 3). Design and visual arts speakers will include Silas Munro (October 28), Corey Escoto (November 3), and Vanessa German (November 11).

In addition, the Sam Fox School’s College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design will host a pair of roundtables—about architectural history and academia, and about architectural history and diversity, respectively—as part of its “Discussions” series September 30 and October 28.

All events are free and open to the public and will be hosted online. RSVPs are required for individual lectures; links will be provided via the Sam Fox School website closer to the event dates. 

Fall 2020 Speakers

* All times Central

September 12
Natilee Harren
The Artwork in Flux: Multiples, Fluxboxes, and the Transitional Commodity
Kemper Art Museum's In Conversation series
Meredith Malone will serve as respondent

September 26
Walter Hood
Hybrid Landscapes
Harris Armstrong Fund Lecture
Kemper Art Museum's "In Conversation" series
Cosponsored by the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Civic Affairs and Strategic Planning, and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

September 29
Geoff Ward
Kemper Art Museum's "In Conversation" series

September 30
Architectural History and Academia
Discussions in Architectural History and Theory Panel Discussion
Featuring Barry Bergdoll (Columbia University), Beatriz Colomina (Princeton University), Arindam Dutta (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and Joan Ockman (University of Pennsylvania)

October 7
Jamal Cyrus & Stephanie Weissberg
MFA Lecture Series

October 10
Alexander Alberro
Activating the Spectator by Reshaping the Aesthetic Field: Op, Kinetic, and Participatory Art, 1959-1965
Kemper Art Museum's In Conversation series
Meredith Malone and Ignacio M. Sanchez Prado will serve as respondents

October 12
Margarita Jover
Abend Family Visiting Critic Endowed Lecture

October 15
Robert McCarter
The Architecture of Carlo Scarpa: Recomposing Place, Intertwining Time, Transforming Reality
Architecture Faculty Lecture

October 22
Eleanor Davis
Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Visiting Artist Lecture

October 26
Deborah Berke
AIA St. Louis Scholarship Trust Lecture

October 28
Architectural History and Diversity
Discussions in Architectural History and Theory Panel Discussion
Featuring Luis Esteban Carranza (Roger Williams University), Mario Gooden (Columbia University), Mary McLeod (Columbia University), and Patricia Morton (University of California Riverside)

October 28
Silas Munro
Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Visiting Artist Lecture

November 3
Corey Escoto
MFA Lecture Series

November 7
Constance Vale & Shantel Blakely
Kemper Art Museum's In Conversation series

November 11
Vanessa German
Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture
Supported in part through funding from the Office of the Provost: Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program

November 14
Michael Rothberg
Cosponsored by the Kemper Art Museum's In Conversation series, and by the Center for the Humanities and the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Equity

November 16
Robert Kahn
The Architecture of James Stirling

November 18
Mika Rottenberg
Bunny and Charles Burson Visiting Lecture

December 3
Eric Mumford
Josep Lluis Sert: The Architect of Urban Design
Architecture Faculty Lecture

December 7
Shantel Blakely
Zanuso vs. Mangiarotti: The Soul of a Joint
Architecture Faculty Lecture