Leading artists, designers, performers, and thought leaders headline the Winter 2023 Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series. The series starts with a presentation by Robin Frohardt on Thursday, January 12: events take place at the historic Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on Thursdays at 5:30 pm unless otherwise noted.
“From climate change to social justice, master artisans and designers, comedian and cabaret performers, the new Penny Stamps Series season offers a dynamic roster of guests to challenge and inspire, gathering us around creative minds to connect across the University of Michigan campus and the community at large,” said Chrisstina Hamilton, director of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series.
Highlights of the upcoming series include:
U‑M alum Lynn Goldsmith, a renowned photographer of rock stars and album covers, will discuss her work from the 1980s. Goldsmith is awaiting a ruling from the United States Supreme Court on a pivotal case involving her work and impacting artists’ rights.
Prolific entertainer Cheech Marin is well known for his film, television, and comedy work and is also a leading advocate for Chicano art. The audience will hear about his efforts to share and amplify the importance of this art form globally.
You’ve seen their work in films like Harry Potter and Wonder Woman, and they’ve dressed everyone from Megan Thee Stallion to U‑M alum Madonna. Now, hear directly from Whitaker Malem about their innovative approach to design made for the human body.
Filmmaker Sam Green will speak about 32 Sounds, his immersive documentary and profound sensory experience that explores the elemental phenomenon of sound. The film is a meditation on the power of sound to bend time, cross borders, and open our perception to the world around us.