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Penny Stamps Speaker Series

Past Lectures

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 >

Jaime Hayon: Design Follows Function, and then What?  

February 15, 2018

Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon was born in Madrid in 1974. From his very first collections, Hayon has been at the forefront of… Read More >

Stephen Burks: Towards a New Perception of Design

February 8, 2018

Stephen Burks believes in a pluralistic vision of design that is inclusive of all cultural perspectives. His ongoing Man Made… Read More >

Joseph Keckler: Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World

February 7, 2018

Special Event: Wednesday, February 7 at 5:30 pm / Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washingon St, Ann Arbor 48109 Straddling the worlds… Read More >

Ebony G. Patterson: They Were…  

February 1, 2018

In much of her work, Jamaican artist Ebony G. Patterson explores the use of feminine gendered adornment in the construct of urban… Read More >

Hito Steyerl: Bubble Vision  

January 25, 2018

Hito Steyerl's prolific filmmaking and writing occupy a highly discursive position between the fields of art, philosophy, and… Read More >

Chico MacMurtrie: Border Crossers: Part 1

January 23, 2018

Special Event: Tuesday, January 23 at 7pm / Riverside Art Center, 76 N. Huron St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 Chico MacMurtrie is an… Read More >

Claudia Rankine With P. Carl: Theater Matters: Activism, Imagination, Citizenship  

January 18, 2018

Macarthur “Genius” Fellow Claudia Rankine and dramaturg P. Carl explore ways that contemporary theater and performance can catalyze… Read More >