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Penny Stamps Speaker Series

Amanda Williams and Andres L. Hernandez

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January 31, 2019

Amanda Williams and Andres L. Hernandez

Due to severe winter weather, the University of Michigan has declared an emergency reduction in operations beginning 12:00 am Wednesday, January 30 and extending through 7:00 am Friday, February 1.  All classes and events are cancelled for this period.  As such, the Thursday, January 31 Penny Stamps Speaker Series Talk with Amanda Williams and Andres L. Hernandez has been postponed.  Additional details will be posted as they are available.

A visual artist who trained as an architect, Amanda Williams’ practice blurs disciplinary distinctions. She employs color as a way to draw attention to the political complexities of race, place, and value in cities and raises questions about the state of urban space in America. She has exhibited widely, including a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis. In collaboration with Andres L. Hernandez, an artist-designer-educator based in Chicago, and artist Shani Crowe, Williams installed Thrival Geographies (In My Mind I See a Line) at the U.S. Pavilion in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Andres L. Hernandez re-imagines the environments we inhabit, and explores the potential of spaces for public dialogue and social action. Hernandez is co-founder of the Revival Arts Collective, and founder and director of the Urban Vacancy Research Initiative. With Williams, he is a member of the design team for the Museum of the Barack Obama Presidential Center in Chicago.

Co-presented with the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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.