Spring 2021 Public Events

Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin, still from “Ready,” 2010. Image courtesy of the artists.

Posted by Liam Otten January 27, 2021


With frenetic editing, absurdist humor, and a stubbornly improvisational ethos, artists Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin create deliriously non-narrative videos, sculptures and installations that both investigate and embody the arch, hyper-self-consciousness of social media and reality television.

On February 4, Fitch and Trecartin will discuss their collaborative practice as part of the spring Public Lecture Series, sponsored by the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. In all, the series will feature 22 virtual presentations by renowned artists, architects, designers, and scholars.

Events will begin January 30 with a panel discussion about the work of Charles E. Fleming, a 1961 alumnus and one of the first African American students to earn an architecture degree from Washington University. Co-sponsored by the School’s College of Architecture and Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, as part of the Museum’s “In Conversation” series, the discussion will include Fleming as well as fellow architecture alumnus Michael Willis (BA73, MArch76/MSW76) and faculty architectural historians Shantel Blakely and Eric Mumford.

Following Fitch and Trecartin, the lecture series will continue February 10 with a panel discussion on “Architectural History and Conservation,” and February 16 with Ghanaian-American interdisciplinary artist Addoley Dzegede (MFA15). Next up will be Valentina Castellani, former director of New York’s Gagosian Gallery (February 20), architect Edward R. Ford (February 22), urban designer Alex Krieger (February 24), and designer-in-residence Jude Agboada (also February 24).

On March 9, the Sam Fox School, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and the University’s recently founded Center for Race, Ethnicity and Equity (CRE2) will host a panel discussion with artist-in-residence Jordan Weber.

The “In Conversation” series will continue March 6 with artist and deaf activist Christine Sun Kim, whose site-specific mural, Stacking Traumas, recently was installed in the Museum atrium. Amy Sillman, whose animated short After Metamorphoses (2015–16) is on view this spring in the Museum’s Video Gallery, will discuss her work April 10. (Note: Due to COVID-19, the Kemper Art Museum is currently closed to the public but remains open to Washington University students, faculty, and staff. For more information, visit kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu.)

Other talks will include artist and architect Amanda Williams with Giles Smith of the multidisciplinary collective Assemble (March 4), illustrator Ping Zhu (March 5), Freund Teaching Fellow Dana Levy (March 8), Island Press visiting artist Erika Blumenfeld (March 22), architect and urban designer Toni L. Griffin (April 8), and landscape architects Charles A. Birnbaum (April 19) and Kotchakorn Voraakhom (April 27). For a complete list, see below.

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.

Spring 2021 Speakers

January 30
Charles E. Fleming
African American Architecture in St. Louis: The Case of Charles E. Fleming
Kemper Art Museum’s In Conversation series
Shantel Blakely, Eric Mumford, and Michael Willis will serve as respondents
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February 4
Lizzie Fitch & Ryan Trecartin
Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Visiting Artist Lecture
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February 10
Architectural History and Conservation
Discussions in Architectural History and Theory Panel Discussion
Featuring Fallon Aidoo, Daniel M. Abramson, Maristella Casciato, and Michelangelo Sabatino

February 16
Addoley Dzegede
MFA Lecture Series

February 20
Valentina Castellani
Blurring the Boundaries: The Rise of Blockbuster Museum-Quality Exhibitions in Commercial Galleries
Women and the Kemper Public Lecture

February 22
Edward R. Ford
Architecture Lecture, with support from the Eugene J. Mackey Jr. Fund

February 24
Alex Krieger
Master of Urban Design Lecture

February 24
Jude Agboada
Louis D. Beaumont Artist-in-Residence Lecture

March 1
Zeuler Lima
Architecture Faculty Lecture

March 4
Amanda Williams & Giles Smith/ASSEMBLE
Eugene J. Mackey Jr. Lecture

March 5
Ping Zhu
MFA Lecture Series

March 6
Christine Sun Kim
Kemper Art Museum’s In Conversation series
Program will include ASL interpretation

March 8
Dana Levy
Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellow
Co-sponsored by Saint Louis Art Museum

March 9
Jordan Weber
Artist-in-residence panel discussion presented by the Sam Fox School, WashU's Center for Race, Ethnicity and Equity (CRE2) the Pulitzer Arts Foundation

March 10
Architectural History as a Global Discipline
Discussions in Architectural History and Theory Panel Discussion
Featuring Mark Jarzombek, Kathleen James-Chakraborty, Zeynep Çelik Alexander, and Tao Zhu

March 22
Erika Blumenfeld
Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist Lecture

April 8
Toni L. Griffin
Coral Courts Lecture

April 10
Amy Sillman
After Metamorphoses
Kemper Art Museum’s In Conversation series
Film screening & live Q&A; Meredith Malone and Rebecca Sears will serve as respondents

April 19
Charles A. Birnbaum
Inaugural Historic Preservation Lecture

April 26
Igor Marjanović & Katerina Rüedi Ray
Architecture Faculty Lecture

April 27
Kotchakorn Voraakhom
Master of Landscape Architecture Lecture

April 28
Women’s Work
Kemper Art Museum’s In Conversation series
Arthur Greenberg Undergraduate Curatorial Fellows Lydia McKelvie, Alice Nguyen, and Hannah Ward will discuss their Teaching Gallery exhibition, which opens April 23