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.
November 21, 2013
Antony Gormley’s sculptures, installations and public artworks investigate the relationship of the human body to space. His work has developed through a critical engagement with both his own body and those of others to confront fundamental questions of where human beings stand in relation to nature and the cosmos. Gormley’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the UK and internationally including at the Venice Biennale and Documenta 8. He was awarded the Turner Prize, the South Bank Prize for Visual Art and made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE). He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, an Honorary Doctor of the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity and Jesus Colleges, Cambridge.
Supported by UMMA.
November 14, 2013
Alternative Futures with Design
Sputniko! explores technology, feminism and pop culture. Produced with the investigative cooperation of scientists, her works are critical speculations on possible futures, provoking people to think about the social, cultural and ethical implications of new technologies. Her creative practice also includes creating songs and music videos about products she has designed, and posting them on social networks and online video platforms to encourage discussion outside traditional academic spheres. Sputniko! has presented her film and installation works at exhibitions such as Talk to Me (MoMA, New York, 2011) and Transformation (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2010). In 2013 she joined the MIT Media Lab as an assistant professor.
Supported by IRWG, the Center for Japanese Studies and River Gallery.
November 12, 2013
Ten Thousand Ripples
Special Presentation at Stamps Auditorium (North Campus) - Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7:00 PM
While she is based in Chicago, sculptor, cultural worker, peace activist and educator Indira Freitas Johnson has maintained close ties with India. Much of her inspiration comes from transitory, ritualistic Indian folk art practices which she uses to address issues of domestic violence, leprosy health education, labor, the environment, gender, peace, nonviolence and literacy. Dedicated to engaging local voices and communities in the creative process, Indira’s projects follow the “call and response” tradition that is prevalent in many cultures. She puts out a call and the community responds so that the final art -work is a hybrid that depends on and is completed by community interaction.
The recipient of numerous grants and awards, Indira’s work has exhibited internationally and is represented in numerous private and public collections including the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Mobile Museum of Art, State of Illinois Building, Chicago and the High Museum of Art.
Supported by Artrain Inc., Arts Engine and River Gallery.
November 7, 2013
Lisa Strausfeld is currently Global Head of Data Visualization at Bloomberg where she was hired in 2012 to build and lead a new team dedicated to creating consumer-focused interactive data products. From 2002 to 2011 Lisa was a partner at Pentagram specializing in digital information design projects. Lisa was a recipient of The National Design Award for Interaction Design in 2010. In her presentation, Lisa discusses “Why data visualization? Why now?” - defining the attributes of successful data visualizations and how can they be generalized to other design media.
Supported by AIGA Detroit, the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, the School of Information and U-M Libraries.
October 31, 2013
I, as an Opera
Called "Tantalizing...dynamic... with magnetism and poise so high that he seems to have been born onstage" by the Village Voice, Joseph Keckler is a singer, musician, writer, and interdisciplinary artist whose image rich, humorous performances elevate the banal to operatic intensity. His concerts and performance pieces have been presented by SXSW Music, The New Museum, Joe's Pub, Afterglow, BAM Fischer Center in conjunction with Issue Project Room, Amsterdam's Bellevue Theatre, and many other venues in the U.S. and Europe. He was awarded a 2012 Franklin Furnace Grant as well as a 2012 NYFA Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work. He was recently featured as a guest performer on BBC America's The Nerdist . His latest piece, I am an Opera, was commissioned by Dixon Place.
Supported by UMS - the University Musical Society and River Gallery.
October 24, 2013
What's So Funny About Humor?
Known for her acute observations on cultural and political issues, Liza Donnelly's cartoons have been appearing in The New Yorker magazine for over three decades. In Donnelly's view, humor is serious business, helping us laugh at our failings, and working to make changes in ourselves and the world. Donnelly is an author of fifteen books, columnist for Forbes.com, and a cartoonist for Women's Enews, among other places. She travels the world as a Cultural Envoy for the US State Department, speaking about women's rights and freedom of speech, and she delivered a very popular TED talk in 2010 She is the founder of WorldInk.org, a site that promotes international cartoonists and their work, and is a member of Cartooning For Peace, PEN and the Writer's Guild. She is at work on a screenplay based on being a woman cartoonist. Her new book, Women On Men, will be published this fall.
Supported by the Institute for Humanities, Women’s Studies, IRWG and River Gallery.
October 17, 2013
The Mirror and The Source
Salvatore Iaconesi is an engineer, artist, hacker, interaction designer and principal of Art is Open Source (AOS), an international informal network exploring the mutation of human beings with the wide and ubiquitous accessibility and availability of digital technologies and networks. AOS moves across the arts and sciences, using technology, communication, performance, art and design, to instigate emotional actions and processes that expose the dynamics of our contemporary world. They do this in academic, artistic, business and activist domains. Projects have included the first Open Source Cure for Cancer, the real-time digital life of cities, the story of a baby artificial intelligence called Angel F going to the United Nations to defend its digital rights, a very dangerous videogame, human tamagotchis and a fictional company using a very naughty business model.
Salvatore Iaconesi is joined by fellow AOS principal, Oriana Persico, for a visual, sonic journey through the new rituals and emergent ways in which we have radically changed the ways in which we work, relate, consume, feel emotions, have sex and entertain ourselves.
Supported by the School of Information and Arts Engine.
October 10, 2013
Tribute and Screening
Tribute and Screening: Double Feature 5:10pm and 7:15pm
Called one of the most significant artists of his generation, Stamps graduate Mike Kelley was an iconoclast who introduced a distinctive Detroit sensibility to the international art world with his references to everything from Soupy Sales to the Vernor’s gnome. He was a founding member of Destroy All Monsters, a collective formed in Ann Arbor in 1974 with artists Jim Shaw, Niagara and Cary Loren. A major retrospective of his work opened at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam in 2012, at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris in 2013 and will travel to MOMA PS1, NY in October 2013 and MOCA Los Angeles in 2014. Before his death in 2012, Kelley had begun work based on a life-sized replica of his childhood suburban Detroit home. The new ‘homestead’ has been relocated to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).
Cary Loren, founding member of Destroy All Monsters, and Mary Clare Stevens, the Executive Director of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts and longtime Kelley friend and studio manager will speak. Their presentations will be followed by the screening of two videos documenting the homestead’s journey from downtown Detroit to Kelley’s former home in Westland, and back again.
NOTE: Video 2 will be screened at 7:15pm with introductory remarks by Mary Clare Stephens.
Supported by MOCAD, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, History of Art and the Mike Kelley Foundation.
October 3, 2013
Design Thinking, Creativity and Risk
Mark Dziersk is an industrial designer, an expert in brand management, innovation and creativity, and head of industrial design initiatives at LUNAR, one of the world's top international Industrial Design firms. Mark also writes a regular blog for Fast Company Magazine, is the current executive editor for IDSA’s Innovation Magazine and speaks frequently in public on the topic of design and design thinking. He has received the Industrial Design Excellence Award, ID Magazine’s Annual Design Review Best in Category, Germany's Red Dot for Excellence in Design, and over 100 international design and functional patents. He is a past president of IDSA, the Industrial Designers Society of America and is an adjunct professor at both the Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering, teaching classes on Design Thinking. His Stamps presentation will focus on the fundamentals of creativity and risk taking involved in Design thinking and explore the obstacles that prevent people from reaching their own creative potential.
Supported by IDSA - Industrial Designers Society of America and ArtsEngine.
September 26, 2013
Long Live the Dead Queen
Rising young South African artist Mary Sibande constructs elaborate visual narratives to consider race, gender, and class in post-colonial South Africa. Rooted in her own family’s history of three generations of women as domestic servants, Sibande’s larger-than-life figures clothed in yards of fabric confront the viewer with the stark limits of cultural heritage as well as the possibility of transformation. While her work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, and throughout South Africa, Brazil, Germany, and France, SIbande’s exhibitions at the University of Michigan mark only the second time her work has been shown in the U.S.
Sibande’s Ann Arbor residency includes an original installation at the U-M Institute for the Humanities gallery, Penny Stamps lectures in Ann Arbor and Detroit at MOCAD, an open studio at the Stamps School on North Campus, and exhibition of Sibande’s existing work at Gallery DAAS, the U-M Museum of Art, and the Stamps School Slusser Gallery. Visit the Institute for the Humanities Sibande on Campus page for detailed information.
Sibande's Penny Stamps Series presentation will be followed by an opening reception for Sibande on Campus: Mary Sibande Installation/New Work, starting at 6:30 pm at the Institute for the Humanities Gallery, 202 S. Thayer St (detailed information).
Mary Sibande will also be speaking at MOCAD at 7pm on Friday, September 27 (detailed information).
Supported by the Institute for Humanities, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, UMMA and MOCAD.
September 19, 2013
Simon McBurney is an actor, writer, director, and co-founder of the innovative theater company Complicite, where he has created and acted in more than 30 productions. In 2009 Shun-kin earned him the Yomiuri Theatre Award Grand Prize for Best Director, which he was the first non-Japanese artist ever to win. Other recent work includes The Magic Flute for De Nederlandse Opera, The Master and Margarita, A Dog’s Heart, A Disappearing Number (UMS 2008), Measure for Measure, A Minute Too Late, The Elephant Vanishes (UMS 2004), Pet Shop Boys Meet Eisenstein and Strange Poetry. Other directing credits include All My Sons on Broadway and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui with Al Pacino. As an actor, McBurney has appeared in films including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Jane Eyre, The Duchess, and The Last King of Scotland. He was the recipient of the 2008 Berlin Academy of Arts Konrad Wolf Prize for Outstanding Multi-disciplinary Artists. In 2012 he was Artiste Associé at Festival d’Avignon.
In partnership with UMS - the University Musical Society.
September 12, 2013
Portraits & Portrayals
Photographer Mary Ellen Mark is one of the most respected and influential image makers of our time. Her work photographing diverse cultures across the globe has become iconic in the field of documentary photography and portraiture. Mark has received a Cornell Capa Award , the Infinity Award for Journalism, the Photographer of the Year Award from the Friends of Photography; the World Press Award for Outstanding Body of Work Throughout the Years; the Victor Hasselblad Cover Award; two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and three National Endowment for the Arts awards. Her photo essays and portraits have exhibited globally, featured in such publications as LIFE, New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, and published in eighteen books. In addition, Mark has photographed advertising campaigns for Barnes and Noble, British Levis, Coach Bags, Eileen Fisher, Hasselblad, Heineken, Keds, Mass Mutual, Nissan, and Patek Philippe.
Supported by the Institute for Humanities and History of Art.
April 11, 2013
Interaction designer Massimo Banzi helped invent the Arduino, a tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller that has inspired people around the world to make the coolest things they can imagine. With a variety of sensors, the Arduino is versatile and easy to use for projects as diverse as an exhibit on brains at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, to a DIY kit that sends a Tweet when your houseplant needs water. Massimo has consulted for Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, the V&A Museum and Adidas. He is also the author of Getting Started with Arduino and a regular contributor to both the italian edition of Wired Magazine and the online innovation magazine Che Futuro. Massimo currently teaches Interaction Design at SUPSI Lugano in Switzerland and is a visiting professor at CIID in Copenhagen.
With support from ArtsEngine, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, the School of Information and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
April 4, 2013
Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design and Director of Research and Development at the Museum of Modern Art. Her first MOMA exhibition was Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design (1995). Her latest exhibition was 2011’s Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects. Antonelli earned the “Design Mind” Smithsonian Institution’s National Design Award and was named one of the 25 most incisive design visionaries by Time magazine. She has been a contributing Editor for Domus magazine, an editor of Abitare, and the author of the publication Humble Masterpieces: Everyday Marvels of Design. Antonelli’s goal is to insistently promote design’s understanding until its positive influence on the world is fully acknowledged and exploited. She is currently at work on contemporary design exhibitions, and on Design Bites, a book about foods as examples of outstanding design.
With support from Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and University of Michigan Museum of Art.
March 28, 2013
Alina Troyano (a.k.a. Carmelita Tropicana) straddles the world of performance art and theatre using irreverent humor and fantasy to rewrite history from the viewpoints of woman, man, child and assorted animals and insects. As a bicultural artist, she uses both spoken language and a visual language that integrates live performance with muti-media, and costumes of fruit, faux fur, camouflage, saran wrap to provide social commentary.
With support from Latina/o Studies Program, Program in American Culture, Department of Theatre & Drama, and the Office of the Provost U-M Dearborn.
March 21, 2013
Unscripted: A Conversation with Writer and Editor Daniel Okrent
Filmmaker Ken Burns has directed and produced some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, including The Civil War; Baseball; Jazz, Statue of Liberty; Huey Long; Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery; Frank Lloyd Wright; Mark Twain; Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson; The War; The National Parks: America’s Best Idea; and, most recently, The Dust Bowl. His films have been honored with dozens of major awards, including thirteen Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards and two Oscar nominations; and a 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
The Central Park Five
Screening & Discussion
Saturday, March 23rd at 12 pm
As part of the 51st Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ken Burns will also take part in a screening and discussion of his newest film, The Central Park Five, at noon on Saturday, March 23rd in the Michigan Theater's main auditorium.
The Central Park Five, directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon, tells the story of five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who, in 1989, were arrested and later wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park. Ken Burns will be joined by Raymond Santana (one of the “Five”), and Steve Drizin, Director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern. The discussion will be moderated by David Moran, Director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic.
With support from the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Institute for the Humanities.
March 14, 2013
Accessing the Imaginary
Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and teacher. The creator of the comic strip that was syndicated in alternative weeklies for two decades, Ernie Pook's Comeek, she has also authored 18 books including One! Hundred! Demons!; The! Greatest! of! Marlys!, Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel; Naked Ladies! Naked Ladies! Naked Ladies! and The Good Times are Killing Me, which was adapted as an off-Broadway play. Her creative writing-how to-graphic novel, What It Is (2008), won the Eisner Award for Best Reality Based Graphic Novel. What It Is and Picture This (2010), explore creation and imagination, where play can be serious, monsters have purpose, and not knowing is an answer unto itself.
With support from the Institute for Research on Women & Gender, the Institute for Humanities and the Chelsea River Gallery.
February 21, 2013
Immigrant Movement International
Renowned politial and performance artist Tania Bruguera examines how art can be applied to everyday political life, creating a public forum to debate ideas. Her terms “arte de conducta” (conduct/behavior art) and “arte útil” (useful art) define her practice. In 2010, Bruguera launched Immigrant Movement International, a five-year project on the immigrant as a unique, new global citizen in a postnational world, with artists merging art into society’s social, political, and scientific issues. Bruguera’s work has been presented internationally at Documenta 11, at the Tate Modern, London; Künsthalle Wien, Vienna; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.
With support from the Understanding Race theme semester and the Institute for the Humanities.
February 14, 2013
The Making of a Collector
Harald Falckenberg is one of the world's most admired contemporary art collectors. Known for his ability to stay ahead of the art market, he was among the first collectors to acquire works by major figures like Martin Kippenberger, Richard Prince and Jonathan Meese. His collection comprises over 2000 works, shown in a 65,000 sq. ft. former factory building in Hamburg. ARTnews chose Falckenberg as one of the world´s top 200 collectors. He has received the Art Cologne Prize and the Montblanc de la Culture Patronage Award, published numerous books on art and teaches art theory at Hamburg's Academy of Fine Arts.
With support from the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation, and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.
February 7, 2013
When I Last Wrote to You About Africa
Drawing on African and Western traditions, Ghanaian artist El Anatsui experiments with a range of humble materials, including wood, ceramics, paint and found objects,to create powerful works that comment on cultural exchange, translation, globalization, and impermanence. In addition to exhibitions throughout Africa, his work has been shown in Europe, the United States and Japan as well as at the Venice, Havana and Johannesburg biennales. His sculpture is held in numerous public collections around the world, including the Metropolitan museum of Art, the National Museum of African Art, and the Smithsonian Institution. Anatsui continues to live and work in Nsukka, Nigeria, but maintains close connections with his native Ghana.
El Anatsui will be interviewed by longtime colleague and University of Toronto Professor Elizabeth Harney.
With support from the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) and in conjunction with the exhibition, El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa, organized by the Museum for African Art, New York, and on view at UMMA beginning February 2, 2013.