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Penny Stamps Speaker Series

Penny Stamps Speaker Series + DPTV

Keeping the community curious, engaged, and connected, the Penny Stamps Speaker Series is teaming up with Detroit Public Television to stream select Penny Stamps Speaker Series talks from the archive.

On Fridays at 8:00 pm ET, visit the Stamps Series Facebook page or to revisit presentations from innovative artists:

  • July 31 – Chief Justice Bridget McCormack, John de Lancie, and Len Niehoff
  • August 7 - Photographer Mary Ellen Mark
  • August 14 - Artist Kiki Smith
  • August 21 - Fashion designer Anna Sui
  • August 28 - Graphic novelist Alison Bechdel

View additional Stamps Speaker Series presentations on the Detroit Public Television website, and catch up with the entire archive below.


Past Lectures

Lina Iris Viktor: Materia Prima

November 29, 2018

Lina Iris Viktor is a British-Liberian conceptual artist whose work centers around the age-old practice of gilding with 24-karat… Read More >

Hetain Patel: Don't Look at the Finger

November 8, 2018

Hetain Patel is a conceptually driven British artist and performer who explores themes of identity and freedom with an attentive… Read More >

Carolee Schneemann: Transformative Actions: The Films of Carolee Schneemann and VALIE EXPORT

November 7, 2018

Special Event: Wednesday, November 7, 7:30 pm / Detroit Film Theater, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202 Carolee Schneemann is a… Read More >

Bob Kramer: At the Edge  

November 1, 2018

Bob Kramer is a master bladesmith, widely considered to be the greatest American knifesmith working today, and will share his… Read More >

Alice Rawsthorn: Design as an Attitude  

October 25, 2018

Alice Rawsthorn is an award-winning design critic and the author of the critically acclaimed books Design as an Attitude and Hello… Read More >

Nigel Poor: The San Quentin Project  

October 18, 2018

Nigel Poor is a fine art photographer, a professor at California State University, Sacramento, and a member of the Bay Area photo… Read More >

Blue Planet and Planet Earth Production Teams: Capturing the Wild

October 11, 2018

Tom Hugh-Jones is the producer of the David Attenborough-narrated Planet Earth BBC series and has spent twenty-two years producing… Read More >

Xu Bing: The Origins of Creativity  

October 7, 2018

Special Event: Sunday, October 7, 4pm / Helmut Stern Auditorium, UMMA, 525 S State St, Ann Arbor 48109 Internationally renowned… Read More >

Emory Douglas: Designing Justice  

October 4, 2018

Emory Douglas worked as the resident Revolutionary Artist and Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party in the San Francisco… Read More >

Catherine Opie: In Person  

October 3, 2018

Special Event: Wednesday, October 3, 5:30 pm / Michigan Theater, 603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Catherine Opie is an… Read More >

Ariel Waldman: Unexpected Space Exploration  

September 27, 2018

Ariel Waldman currently sits on the council for the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program, which aims to nurture radical,… Read More >

Morag Myerscough: Belonging  

September 20, 2018

A proud Londoner, Morag Myerscough has always lived in the city and has been fascinated by how color, pattern, and words can change… Read More >

Osborne Macharia with Blinky Bill: The Rude Boyz (Michigan Theater)  

September 13, 2018

As a multi-award-winning photographer and digital artist based in Nairobi, Kenya, Osborne Macharia's visual- and narrative-driven… Read More >

Osborne Macharia with Blinky Bill: The Rude Boyz (The Wright Museum)

September 8, 2018

Special Event: Saturday, September 8, 7pm / Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 East Warren Avenue, Detroit,… Read More >

Building Contemporaries: Art and Economies in Detroit

April 20, 2018

Special Event: Friday, April 20, 6:30–8 pm / Helmut Stern Auditorium, UMMA, 525 S State St, Ann Arbor 48109 Dive into a… Read More >

Brian Selznick: Struck With Wonder  

March 29, 2018

Brian Selznick has been making children’s books since 1991. His illustrated novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret won the 2008… Read More >

Yvonne Rainer: A Truncated History of the Universe for Dummies; a Rant Dance

March 22, 2018

Yvonne Rainer, one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater (1962), made a transition to filmmaking following a fifteen-year… Read More >

Chelsea Manning: A Conversation with Heather Dewey-Hagborg  

March 15, 2018

Chelsea Manning speaks on the social, technological, and economic ramifications of Artificial Intelligence, and on the practical… Read More >

Giorgia Lupi: Data Humanism  

March 8, 2018

Giorgia Lupi is an award-winning information designer, author, and co-founder of Accurat, a data-driven design firm where she… Read More >

Chico MacMurtrie: Border Crossers: Part 2

February 16, 2018

Special Event: Friday, February 16 at 5:30 pm / Helmut Stern Auditorium, UMMA, 525 S State St, Ann Arbor 48109 Chico MacMurtrie is… Read More >