Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities. Additional support is provided by series sponsors Michigan Radio, WUOM 91.7 FM and Arts @ Michigan.
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.
March 13, 2014
Learning & Unlearning
In 1972, Sanjit “Bunker” Roy founded the Barefoot College to help rural communities become self-sufficient. Now in locations from Africa to the Himalayas, These “barefoot solutions” address solar energy, water, education, health care, rural handicrafts, people’s action, communication, women’s empowerment and wasteland development. As Roy says, Barefoot College is "a place of learning and unlearning: where the teacher is the learner and the learner is the teacher." In 2010 Roy was recognized by Time for the programs of the college which have trained more than 3 million people, and in 2013 he received the Clinton Global Citizen Award for Leadership in Civil Society.
With support from the U-M Office of the President, the Program in the Environment, the School of Natural Resources & the Environment, the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, the India in the World Theme Semester, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, the Pedagogy of Action project, and In Memory of Dick Ervin.
March 20, 2014
From What to Where
For over 20 years, artist and policy advocate Laurie Jo Reynolds has worked to address negative representations of people in prison. Her “Legislative Art” participates and intervenes in government systems, with the goal of concrete political change. In 2007, she launched Tamms Year Ten, a grassroots legislative campaign to reform or close the prison Tamms supermax. In January 2013, Tamms was shuttered. Reyonolds was a 2010 Soros Justice Fellow creating cultural events and conceptual art works to reduce sexual abuse and recidivism. And in 2103 she received a Creative Capital grant to produce a video and performance variety show depicting the horror, boredom, and small mercies of prison life. Most recently Reynolds received The Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change.
With support from the Institute for Humanities and the Prison Creative Arts Project.
March 27, 2014
Often referred to as a "Rock ‘n Roll anthropologist", Penelope Spheeris is an American director, producer and screenwriter. Her first "auteur" feature project was The Decline of Western Civilization (1981), a punk-rock documentary that she wrote, produced, and directed. The second film, The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years covers the Los Angeles heavy metal scene of 1986-1988. The third film, The Decline of Western Civilization III chronicles the gutter punk lifestyle of homeless teenagers in the late 1990s. Spheeris' feature films include Suburbia (1984), Dudes (1987), Black Sheep (1996) and Wayne's World (1992).
With support from Screen Arts & Cultures Sheldon Cohn Fund and the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
April 3, 2014
Shahzia Sikander is best known for her experimentation with the formal constructs of Indo-Persian miniature painting through video, animation, murals and collaboration with other artists. Underpinning the work is also Sikander’s interest in paradox, societies in flux, and formal and visual disruption as a means to cultivate new associations. She has received the Medal of Art by US Secretary of State, Hilary Rodham Clinton (2012), John D. and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation Achievement ‘Genius’ award, (2006) and the National Pride of Honor by the Pakistani Government (2005). In 2006, the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland appointed Sikander as a Young Global Leader.
With support from the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the India in the World Theme Semester and in conjunction with the exhibition, “Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art”, on view at UMMA January 25 - May 4, 2014.
April 10, 2014
Dreaming with Your Hands
Jewelry designer David Yurman founded his company in New York in 1980, and quickly became known as America’s leading fine jewelry and luxury timepiece designer. A student of the master sculptors Jacques Lipchitz and Theodore Roszak, Yurman is also an artist with a lifelong passion for design and innovation. Along with the simple goal to make beautiful things to wear, Yurman remains actively committed to supporting the community and the arts through the David and Sybil Yurman Humanitarian and Arts Foundation. Created in 2001, the foundation provides support for charitable initiatives including The Whitney Museum of American Art, Studio in a School, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Robin Hood Foundation.
With support from the University of Michigan Museum of Art and Ruth Taubman Jewelry Design.