Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities. Additional support is provided by series sponsors Michigan Radio, WUOM 91.7 FM and Arts @ Michigan.
Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public.
April 10, 2014
Jewelry designer David Yurman founded his company in New York in 1980, and quickly became known as America’s leading fine jewelry and luxury timepiece designer. A student of the master sculptors Jacques Lipchitz and Theodore Roszak, Yurman is also an artist with a lifelong passion for design and innovation. Along with the simple goal to make beautiful things to wear, Yurman remains actively committed to supporting the community and the arts through the David and Sybil Yurman Humanitarian and Arts Foundation. Created in 2001, the foundation provides support for charitable initiatives including The Whitney Museum of American Art, Studio in a School, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Robin Hood Foundation.
With support from the University of Michigan Museum of Art and Ruth Taubman Jewelry Design.
April 3, 2014
Shahzia Sikander is best known for her experimentation with the formal constructs of Indo-Persian miniature painting through video, animation, murals and collaboration with other artists. Underpinning the work is also Sikander’s interest in paradox, societies in flux, and formal and visual disruption as a means to cultivate new associations. She has received the Medal of Art by US Secretary of State, Hilary Rodham Clinton (2012), John D. and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation Achievement ‘Genius’ award, (2006) and the National Pride of Honor by the Pakistani Government (2005). In 2006, the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland appointed Sikander as a Young Global Leader.
With support from the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the India in the World Theme Semester and in conjunction with the exhibition, “Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art”, on view at UMMA January 25 - May 4, 2014.
March 27, 2014
Often referred to as a "Rock ‘n Roll anthropologist", Penelope Spheeris is an American director, producer and screenwriter. Her first "auteur" feature project was The Decline of Western Civilization (1981), a punk-rock documentary that she wrote, produced, and directed. The second film, The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years covers the Los Angeles heavy metal scene of 1986-1988. The third film, The Decline of Western Civilization III chronicles the gutter punk lifestyle of homeless teenagers in the late 1990s. Spheeris' feature films include Suburbia (1984), Dudes (1987), Black Sheep (1996) and Wayne's World (1992).
With support from Screen Arts & Cultures Sheldon Cohn Fund and the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
March 20, 2014
For over 20 years, artist and policy advocate Laurie Jo Reynolds has worked to address negative representations of people in prison. Her “Legislative Art” participates and intervenes in government systems, with the goal of concrete political change. In 2007, she launched Tamms Year Ten, a grassroots legislative campaign to reform or close the prison Tamms supermax. In January 2013, Tamms was shuttered. Reyonolds was a 2010 Soros Justice Fellow creating cultural events and conceptual art works to reduce sexual abuse and recidivism. And in 2103 she received a Creative Capital grant to produce a video and performance variety show depicting the horror, boredom, and small mercies of prison life. Most recently Reynolds received The Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change.
With support from the Institute for Humanities and the Prison Creative Arts Project.
March 13, 2014
In 1972, Sanjit “Bunker” Roy founded the Barefoot College to help rural communities become self-sufficient. Now in locations from Africa to the Himalayas, These “barefoot solutions” address solar energy, water, education, health care, rural handicrafts, people’s action, communication, women’s empowerment and wasteland development. As Roy says, Barefoot College is "a place of learning and unlearning: where the teacher is the learner and the learner is the teacher." In 2010 Roy was recognized by Time for the programs of the college which have trained more than 3 million people, and in 2013 he received the Clinton Global Citizen Award for Leadership in Civil Society.
With support from the U-M Office of the President, the Program in the Environment, the School of Natural Resources & the Environment, the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, the India in the World Theme Semester, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, the Pedagogy of Action project, and In Memory of Dick Ervin.
February 20, 2014
South African technology journalist and publisher of Stuff magazine, Toby Shapshak asserts that Africa as a mobile-driven continent is solving real problems and advancing technology for the rest of the world. He has been writing and speaking about technology and innovation in Africa for more than 15 years, including The Times, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, The Financial Mail, City Press, and hosting a TV show on CNBC Africa.
Technology innovator, Erik Hersman specializes in the application and impact of web and mobile technology throughout Africa. He runs the popular website AfriGadget, a multi-author website dedicated to showcasing African ingenuity. Erik is also the Co-Founder of Ushahidi, a groundbreaking crowdsourcingtool that maps incidents of violence across the globe, and founder of the iHub, Nairobi's Innovation Hub - an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers in Nairobi. He is also the co-founder of BRCK, a 'backup generator for the internet'.
With support from the College of Engineering, the Institute for Humanities, Arts Engine and the School of Information.
February 13, 2014
Regarded as one of the most distinctive image makers working today, artist, graphic designer and social activist Luba Lukova focuses on issues such as peace, censorship, immigration, ecology, hunger and corruption. Whether using an economy of line, color, and text to pinpoint essential themes of the human condition or to succinctly illustrate social commentary, her award-winning work is undeniably powerful and thought provoking. Widely exhibited nationally and internationally, she is also the author of the critically acclaimed Social Justice poster portfolio, and her new book, Graphic Guts, will be published in 2014. Lukova’s work is currently on view at New York's Museum of Modern Art as a featured image for the newly opened exhibition "Designing Modern Women". Most recently, her posters are on display at the Denver Art Museum and at La Fête du Graphisme in Paris
With support from AIGA Detroit.
February 6, 2014
The Degenerate Art Ensemble is a post genre performance group whose work is inspired by punk, comics, cinema, nightmares and fairy tales and driven by the energy of live music and their style of visceral movement theater and dance. Asking audiences to make sounds en-masse, allowing characters to climb over them— the Ensemble removes the barriers that normally separate audience from performance, creating an environment that arouses our interconnectedness. The work is an exorcism through collision and conflict striving to create communion, soul-exchange and collective transformation. Degenerate Art Ensemble has recently collaborated with the legendary theater director Robert Wilson, and the Kronos Quartet and was the subject of a large scale museum exhibition.
With support from the School of Music Theater and Dance and the University Musical Society.
January 30, 2014
Candy Chang reimagines public spaces to help us make sense of our lives. After losing someone she loved, she created the Before I Die public art project on an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans to invite people to share their personal aspirations in public space. Since then, over 400 Before I Die walls have been created by people in over 60 countries. Chang has also completedpublic projects in New Orleans, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, and New York City. Her work has been exhibited in the Venice Biennale, and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and she is a TED Senior Fellow, a Tulane Urban Innovation Fellow, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Chang is also a Stamps School alumnus.
With support from Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Arts Engine, and the Institute for the Humanities.
January 23, 2014
For over 30 years, Michael Graves has been one of the world’s most original and popular designers, executing architectural and product design commissions for clients around the world. His product designs range from high-end projects for Italian design firm Alessi to affordable products for Target and JC Penny. Recent large-scale projects include the restoration of the Washington Monument and the expansion of the Detroit Institute of Arts. A recipient of the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal for lifetime achievement, Graves is currently working on design solutions for some of healthcare’s biggest challenges. Recent projects range from military housing for returning wounded warriors, to a revolutionary transport chair for the acute care hospital, to performance textiles for all healthcare environments.
In partnership with Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and support from IDSA — Michigan Chapter.
January 16, 2014
Mexican-Canadian media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer creates interactive installations that are at the intersection of architecture and performance art. Using technologies such as robotics, computerized surveillance and telematic networks, his light and shadow works are “antimonuments for alien agency”. He has received two BAFTA British Academy Awards for Interactive Art in London, “Artist of the year” Rave Award from Wired Magazine, a Rockefeller fellowship, the Trophée des Lumières in Lyon and an International Bauhaus Award. He was the first artist to officially represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale and he has also shown at Biennials and Triennials in Havana, Istanbul, Liverpool, Montréal, Beijing, Moscow, New Orleans, Seoul, Seville, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney.
With support from the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Arts Engine, and the Institute for the Humanities.
December 5, 2013
John Marshall is a principal with Cezanne Charles in rootoftwo, LLC a hybrid design + art studio that creates hybrid design projects; social objects; experiences; and works for the public realm. rootoftwo's experimental objects and experiences attempt to disrupt and expose existing systems through humor, play, interaction and participation to create a condition where we can perceive ourselves; the here and now; and the future, differently. They have presented work in Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Japan, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and the US.
November 21, 2013
Antony Gormley’s sculptures, installations and public artworks investigate the relationship of the human body to space. His work has developed through a critical engagement with both his own body and those of others to confront fundamental questions of where human beings stand in relation to nature and the cosmos. Gormley’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the UK and internationally including at the Venice Biennale and Documenta 8. He was awarded the Turner Prize, the South Bank Prize for Visual Art and made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE). He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, an Honorary Doctor of the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity and Jesus Colleges, Cambridge.
Supported by UMMA.
November 14, 2013
Sputniko! explores technology, feminism and pop culture. Produced with the investigative cooperation of scientists, her works are critical speculations on possible futures, provoking people to think about the social, cultural and ethical implications of new technologies. Her creative practice also includes creating songs and music videos about products she has designed, and posting them on social networks and online video platforms to encourage discussion outside traditional academic spheres. Sputniko! has presented her film and installation works at exhibitions such as Talk to Me (MoMA, New York, 2011) and Transformation (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2010). In 2013 she joined the MIT Media Lab as an assistant professor.
Supported by IRWG, the Center for Japanese Studies and River Gallery.
November 12, 2013
Special Presentation at Stamps Auditorium (North Campus) - Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7:00 PM
While she is based in Chicago, sculptor, cultural worker, peace activist and educator Indira Freitas Johnson has maintained close ties with India. Much of her inspiration comes from transitory, ritualistic Indian folk art practices which she uses to address issues of domestic violence, leprosy health education, labor, the environment, gender, peace, nonviolence and literacy. Dedicated to engaging local voices and communities in the creative process, Indira’s projects follow the “call and response” tradition that is prevalent in many cultures. She puts out a call and the community responds so that the final art -work is a hybrid that depends on and is completed by community interaction.
The recipient of numerous grants and awards, Indira’s work has exhibited internationally and is represented in numerous private and public collections including the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Mobile Museum of Art, State of Illinois Building, Chicago and the High Museum of Art.
Supported by Artrain Inc., Arts Engine and River Gallery.
November 7, 2013
Lisa Strausfeld is currently Global Head of Data Visualization at Bloomberg where she was hired in 2012 to build and lead a new team dedicated to creating consumer-focused interactive data products. From 2002 to 2011 Lisa was a partner at Pentagram specializing in digital information design projects. Lisa was a recipient of The National Design Award for Interaction Design in 2010. In her presentation, Lisa discusses “Why data visualization? Why now?” - defining the attributes of successful data visualizations and how can they be generalized to other design media.
Supported by AIGA Detroit, the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, the School of Information and U-M Libraries.
October 31, 2013
Called "Tantalizing...dynamic... with magnetism and poise so high that he seems to have been born onstage" by the Village Voice, Joseph Keckler is a singer, musician, writer, and interdisciplinary artist whose image rich, humorous performances elevate the banal to operatic intensity. His concerts and performance pieces have been presented by SXSW Music, The New Museum, Joe's Pub, Afterglow, BAM Fischer Center in conjunction with Issue Project Room, Amsterdam's Bellevue Theatre, and many other venues in the U.S. and Europe. He was awarded a 2012 Franklin Furnace Grant as well as a 2012 NYFA Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work. He was recently featured as a guest performer on BBC America's The Nerdist . His latest piece, I am an Opera, was commissioned by Dixon Place.
Supported by UMS - the University Musical Society and River Gallery.
October 24, 2013
Known for her acute observations on cultural and political issues, Liza Donnelly's cartoons have been appearing in The New Yorker magazine for over three decades. In Donnelly's view, humor is serious business, helping us laugh at our failings, and working to make changes in ourselves and the world. Donnelly is an author of fifteen books, columnist for Forbes.com, and a cartoonist for Women's Enews, among other places. She travels the world as a Cultural Envoy for the US State Department, speaking about women's rights and freedom of speech, and she delivered a very popular TED talk in 2010 She is the founder of WorldInk.org, a site that promotes international cartoonists and their work, and is a member of Cartooning For Peace, PEN and the Writer's Guild. She is at work on a screenplay based on being a woman cartoonist. Her new book, Women On Men, will be published this fall.
Supported by the Institute for Humanities, Women’s Studies, IRWG and River Gallery.
October 17, 2013
Salvatore Iaconesi is an engineer, artist, hacker, interaction designer and principal of Art is Open Source (AOS), an international informal network exploring the mutation of human beings with the wide and ubiquitous accessibility and availability of digital technologies and networks. AOS moves across the arts and sciences, using technology, communication, performance, art and design, to instigate emotional actions and processes that expose the dynamics of our contemporary world. They do this in academic, artistic, business and activist domains. Projects have included the first Open Source Cure for Cancer, the real-time digital life of cities, the story of a baby artificial intelligence called Angel F going to the United Nations to defend its digital rights, a very dangerous videogame, human tamagotchis and a fictional company using a very naughty business model.
Salvatore Iaconesi is joined by fellow AOS principal, Oriana Persico, for a visual, sonic journey through the new rituals and emergent ways in which we have radically changed the ways in which we work, relate, consume, feel emotions, have sex and entertain ourselves.
Supported by the School of Information and Arts Engine.
October 10, 2013
Tribute and Screening: Double Feature 5:10pm and 7:15pm
Called one of the most significant artists of his generation, Stamps graduate Mike Kelley was an iconoclast who introduced a distinctive Detroit sensibility to the international art world with his references to everything from Soupy Sales to the Vernor’s gnome. He was a founding member of Destroy All Monsters, a collective formed in Ann Arbor in 1974 with artists Jim Shaw, Niagara and Cary Loren. A major retrospective of his work opened at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam in 2012, at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris in 2013 and will travel to MOMA PS1, NY in October 2013 and MOCA Los Angeles in 2014. Before his death in 2012, Kelley had begun work based on a life-sized replica of his childhood suburban Detroit home. The new ‘homestead’ has been relocated to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).
Cary Loren, founding member of Destroy All Monsters, and Mary Clare Stevens, the Executive Director of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts and longtime Kelley friend and studio manager will speak. Their presentations will be followed by the screening of two videos documenting the homestead’s journey from downtown Detroit to Kelley’s former home in Westland, and back again.
NOTE: Video 2 will be screened at 7:15pm with introductory remarks by Mary Clare Stephens.
Supported by MOCAD, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, History of Art and the Mike Kelley Foundation.