Architects Hilary Sample and Thomas Phifer; artists Katharina Grosse, Derrick Adams and Meleko Mokgosi; and fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg are among the internationally renowned visual thinkers who will discuss their work as part of the fall Public Lecture Series sponsored by the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.
Events will begin Thursday, Sept. 1, with Sample, co-founder of MOS Architects in New York. Established in 2003, the firm’s eclectic body of work ranges from housing and cultural spaces to furniture, exhibitions, books, software and video. MOS’ House with Two Chimneys, currently under construction as part of St. Louis’ On Olive project, reflects the city’s rich history of brick construction and craft.
Events will continue Sept. 7 with Adams, a Brooklyn-based artist and the Sam Fox School’s Bunny and Charles Burson Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, who will be interviewed by St. Louis artist Damon Davis. On Sept. 8, Daniel Jacobs and Brittany Utting of HOME-OFFICE, based in Houston, will discuss Field Station, their new project for the Sam Fox School’s Weil Project Wall.
Writer and photography curator David Campany will present a Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Visiting Artist Lecture Sept. 14. On Sept. 22, the Sam Fox School’s MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture program will present comics scholar Douglas Wolk.
Shaun O’Dell, the Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist, will discuss his work Sept. 26. Artist and illustrator James McMullan, known for his influential theater posters and more than a dozen children’s books, will discuss his work Sept. 29. Painter Meleko Mokgosi, who served as the Sam Fox School’s 2021-22 Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellow, will discuss the work in his solo show on view as part of the Currents exhibition series at the Saint Louis Art Museum Sept. 30. Landscape architect Peter Osler will speak Oct. 5.
Von Furstenberg, whose distinguished career began in the early 1970s with her celebrated “wrap dress,” will discuss her work Oct. 12, in a talk co-sponsored by the Saint Louis Fashion Fund’s annual Speaking of Fashion series. Ethiopian designer Miriam Hillawi Abraham will discuss her work Nov. 3.