Public lecture series: fall 2021

Public lecture series: fall 2021

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis

Taryn Simon, A Cold Hole, 2018. Installation view, MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts. Courtesy of the artist.

September 15, 2021
Public lecture series: fall 2021
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis
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A man stands shirtless in a white gallery. Suddenly, he jumps through the floor to an icy pool below, emerging soaked and shivering.

In Cold Hole (2018), a recent installation for MASS MoCA, acclaimed multimedia artist Taryn Simon explores the ritual of the cold-water plunge and what it reveals about status and community in the digital age. On October 27, Simon will discuss her practice with Chinati curator Ingrid Schaffner in an online talk presented by the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Part of the Sam Fox School’s fall public lecture series, the talk is one of 17 virtual and in-person events that will feature nationally and internationally renowned artists, architects, designers, and scholars.

On September 18, Jess T. Dugan, the Sam Fox School’s 2020–21 Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellow, will discuss their fall Currents exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum. On September 20, Marcelo Spina, founder of Los Angeles architecture firm PATTERNS, will join the Sam Fox School’s Constance Vale, assistant professor and chair of undergraduate architecture, and Robert McCarter, the Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture, to discuss the book Mute Icons & Other Dichotomies of the Real in Architecture (2021), authored by Spina and Georgia Huljich and edited by Vale.

On September 27, the School will host a panel discussion centering on the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia. The event will feature several collaborators on the project, including Eric Höweler and J. Meejin Yoon, co-principals of the design firm Höweler + Yoon Architecture.

Other talks will include artists Stephanie Syjuco (October 19) and Cole Lu (November 17), as well as architects Kenneth Frampton (October 21), Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor of Architecture Carlos Jiménez (October 26), and Ken Tadashi Oshima (November 4), and a panel discussion of the book Designing the Modern City: Urbanism Since 1850 (2018) by the Sam Fox School’s Eric P. Mumford, the Rebecca and John Voyles Professor of Architecture (October 22). 

Dugan, whose work is also featured in The Outwin: American Portraiture Today, on view this fall at the School’s Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, will return October 23 for a discussion with fellow Outwin artist David Antonio Cruz and Saint Louis University’s Amber Johnson, as part of the Museum’s In Conversation series. The series will continue November 2 with the panel discussion “Colonizing the Past: Constructing Race in Ancient Greece and Rome”; November 20 with Outwin artist Sheldon Scott speaking with the University of Pennsylvania’s Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw; and December 4 with Outwin artists Deborah Roberts and Adrian Octavius Walker speaking with WashU’s Adrienne Davis. 

Fall 2021 speakers
September 11: Artist Hugo Crosthwaite w/ curator Taína Caragol / September 18: Artist Jess T. Dugan / September 20: Architects Marcelo Spina and Constance Vale + architectural historian Robert McCarter / September 27: UVA Memorial to Enslaved Laborers Lecture, featuring Eric Höweler and J. Meejin Yoon, Mabel O. Wilson, Frank Dukes, Gregg Bleam, Eto Otitigbe, Henry Webber, and Geoff Ward / October 7: Illustrator Richie Pope / October 19: Artist Stephanie Syjuco / October 21: Architect and historian Kenneth Frampton / October 22: Eric P. Mumford w/ Kenneth Frampton, Robert McCarter, and Jennifer Yoos / October 23: Artists Jess T. Dugan and David Antonio Cruz with scholar and activist Amber Johnson / October 26: Architect Carlos Jiménez / October 27: Artist Taryn Simon and curator Ingrid Schaffner / November 2: Curator Kathryn Wilson with art historian Claudia Swan and literary scholar Margo Hendricks / November 4: Architectural historian Ken Tadashi Oshima / November 12: Urban planner Chelina Odbert / November 17: Artist Cole Lu / November 20: Artist Sheldon Scott with curator Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw / December 4: Artists Deborah Roberts and Adrian Octavius Walker w/ Professor Adrienne Davis

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