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Penny Stamps Speaker Series

Past Lectures

Sara Hendren: Wonder + Skepticism

February 2, 2017

Sara Hendren is an artist, design researcher, and professor based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She makes material art and design… Read More >

Hank Willis Thomas: The Truth is I Love You  

January 26, 2017

Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to race, identity, history, and popular… Read More >

Joe Sacco: Galvanizing Social Justice Through Comics  

January 19, 2017

Leading graphic historical novelist Joe Sacco will chronicle how and why he uses the graphic novel format to catalyze social… Read More >

Meredith Monk: Pioneering Performance  

January 17, 2017

Special Event: Tuesday, January 17, 5:10 pm at the Michigan Theater 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor Meredith Monk is a composer, singer,… Read More >

Robert Platt: Prosfuge  

January 12, 2017

International artist Robert Platt’s creative work encompasses painting, architectural installation, and moving image. Drawing on… Read More >

Roland Graf: From the Ground Up  

December 1, 2016

Austrian artist, architect, and designer Roland Graf crosses many disciplines to design objects, intervene in public spaces and… Read More >

Jane Fulton Suri: Inspired by Life  

November 17, 2016

Jane Fulton Suri is Partner Emeritus and Executive Design Director at IDEO where, for nearly 30 years, she has been uncovering… Read More >

Athi-Patra Ruga: Queenz in Exile  

November 10, 2016

Exploring the border-zones between fashion, performance, and contemporary art, Athi-Patra Ruga makes work that exposes and subverts… Read More >

Mary Mattingly: Sacred Objects

November 9, 2016

Special Event: Wednesday, November 9 at 5:10 PM - Rackham Amphitheater Mary Mattingly's work collapses boundaries between… Read More >

Fred Gelli: Inspiration from fruit skins and using design to change the world.

November 3, 2016

Fred Gelli is co-founder and creative director of Tátil, a strategic consultancy that uses design to create sustainable connections… Read More >

Philip Beesley and Iris van Herpen: New Bodies, New Worlds: The Collaborative Work of Iris van Herpen and Philip Beesley  

October 27, 2016

Since their first conversations in 2012, Atelier van Herpen studio in Amsterdam and Beesley’s Living Architecture Systems Group… Read More >

Wynwood Walls: Art as an Ignition for Change  

October 20, 2016

Dark, gritty, and desolate were words used to describe Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood in 2006. Wanting to revitalize the… Read More >

Not An Alternative: Tactics for the Anthropocene  

October 13, 2016

Not An Alternative is a NY-based collective that works at the intersection of art, activism, and critical theory. Its mission is to… Read More >

Miwa Matreyek: Dreaming with Your Shadow

October 6, 2016

Miwa Matreyek is an animator, director, designer, and performer based in Los Angeles. She creates live, staged performances where… Read More >

Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia  

September 29, 2016

A composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, author, and visual artist, Mark Mothersbaugh is best known as co-founder, lead… Read More >

Alex Schweder: Performance Architecture  

September 22, 2016

Alex Schweder works with architecture and performance art to complicate the distinction between occupying subjects and occupied… Read More >

Sanford Biggers: Subjective Cosmology  

September 15, 2016

Sanford Biggers is a visual artist producing paintings, sculptures, immersive installations, and videos. He also creates multimedia… Read More >

Rachel Kushner: A Reading & Conversation

April 27, 2016

Special Event: Wednesday, April 27, 8pm MOCAD, 4454 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI 48201 Rachel Kushner’s debut novel, Telex from Cuba,… Read More >

Renny Ramakers: Design+Desires  

April 7, 2016

Art historian turned curator turned environmental trendsetter, Renny Ramakers is co-founder and creative director of… Read More >

Vik Muniz: The Illusionist  

March 31, 2016

Vik Muniz repurposes everyday materials, such as chocolate, ash, dirt, peanut butter, and jelly, to create intricate and heavily… Read More >