School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Visiting Artists Program

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Visiting Artists Program Join us for lectures presented by the Visiting Artists Program (VAP)—a public forum that features

Formalized in 1951 with the establishment of an endowed fund from Flora Mayer Witkowsky, the Visiting Artists Program hosts public presentations by artists in the form of lectures, symposia, performances, and screenings to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through discourse.

Congratulations to our many past visiting artists on being named to the ArtReview Power 100 list! This is a huge honor, ...
12/21/2023

Congratulations to our many past visiting artists on being named to the ArtReview Power 100 list! This is a huge honor, as it is an annual ranking of the most influential people in art. Be sure to review their profiles below and check out the amazing work they are doing!

Hito Steyerl (Fall 2021): https://artreview.com/artist/hito-steyerl/?year=2023

Rirkrit Tiravanija (Spring 2008, MFA 1986): https://artreview.com/artist/rirkrit-tiravanija/?year=2023

Simone Leigh (Spring 2018): https://artreview.com/artist/simone-leigh/?year=2023

Isaac Julien (Fall 2005, HON 2019): https://artreview.com/artist/isaac-julien-2/?year=2023

Ibrahim Mahama (Fall 2018): https://artreview.com/artist/ibrahim-mahama/?year=2023

Theaster Gates (Fall 2014, HON 2014): https://artreview.com/artist/theaster-gates/?year=2023

Cao Fei (Fall 2016): https://artreview.com/artist/cao-fei/?year=2023

Fred Moten (Spring 2022): https://artreview.com/artist/fred-moten/?year=2023

Arthur Jafa (Spring 2002): https://artreview.com/artist/arthur-jafa/?year=2023

Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Fall 2017, MFA 1998, HON 2011): https://artreview.com/artist/apichatpong-weerasethakul/?year=2023

Wu Tsang (Fall 2022, BFA 2004): https://artreview.com/artist/wu-tsang/?year=2023

Yinka Shonibare (Spring 2021): https://artreview.com/artist/yinka-shonibare/?year=2023

Torkwase Dyson (Spring 2023): https://artreview.com/artist/torkwase-dyson/?year=2023

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Congratulations to fall 2019 visiting artist and alum Jeffrey Gibson (BFA 1995) for being named one of ArtReview’s 2023 ...
12/18/2023

Congratulations to fall 2019 visiting artist and alum Jeffrey Gibson (BFA 1995) for being named one of ArtReview’s 2023 Power 100! Read this recently published profile about his practice, as well as his page on ArtReview.

https://artreview.com/artist/jeffrey-gibson/?year=2023

Stay tuned, as more VAP distinguished guests have been named to the Power 100 list...

The first Indigenous artist to represent the U.S. at the upcoming Venice Biennale reflects on what drives his multidisciplinary practice.

Check out this fascinating profile of fall '23 visiting artist Guadalupe Maravilla, "For Guadalupe Maravilla, Making Art...
12/13/2023

Check out this fascinating profile of fall '23 visiting artist Guadalupe Maravilla, "For Guadalupe Maravilla, Making Art Is a Form of Healing."

If you are able, be sure to attend his exhibition "Mariposa Relámpago," or “Lightning Butterfly,” currently on view at Ballroom Marfa in Texas through March 2024!

The El Salvadorian artist muses on sound therapy, trauma, and his own migration journey to the U.S. in a new show at Ballroom Marfa.

As we patiently wait for our first lecture of the Spring 2024 Visiting Artist Program next year, check out this intervie...
12/07/2023

As we patiently wait for our first lecture of the Spring 2024 Visiting Artist Program next year, check out this interview with Fall 2023 visiting artist and Bill & Stephanie Sick Distinguished Visiting Professor Raven Chacon!

Stay tuned for our upcoming spring schedule.

As Zócalo Presents His Work in "How Do We Hear America?," the Composer Shares His Liner Notes on Composition, U.S. History, and the Los Angeles Music Scene.

Don't worry if you missed out on seeing visiting artist Cannupa Hanska Luger's lecture in person! Watch now on our YouTu...
11/17/2023

Don't worry if you missed out on seeing visiting artist Cannupa Hanska Luger's lecture in person! Watch now on our YouTube channel:

Born on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, New Mexico–based artist Cannupa Hanska Luger is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of F...

Thank you to everyone who joined us this past Tuesday for Jacolby Satterwhite in Conversation with Jada-Amina! We are al...
11/16/2023

Thank you to everyone who joined us this past Tuesday for Jacolby Satterwhite in Conversation with Jada-Amina! We are also grateful to all of the students who were able to join Jacolby for productive and inspiring student discussions at the SAIC Galleries! That's a wrap on our fall '23 season, but stay tuned for lecture videos to be posted to our YouTube channel soon. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdKqJ2LZB-y3kUJRDgy9vCyeEAifjIVtJ

Be sure to attend our last event of the fall season!
11/14/2023

Be sure to attend our last event of the fall season!

TONIGHT at 6:00 p.m.: Jacolby Satterwhite in Conversation with Jada-Amina at The Art Institute of Chicago.

Satterwhite is celebrated for a conceptual practice addressing crucial themes of labor, consumption, carnality, and fantasy through immersive installation, virtual reality, and digital media. He uses a range of software to produce intricately detailed animations and live-action films of real and imagined worlds populated by the avatars of artists and friends.

Satterwhite will discuss his practice with Jada-Amina, artist and lead curator of the Black Harvest Film Festival on now at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Conversation at 111 S. Michigan Ave. Free and open to the public. Presented in partnership with School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Visiting Artists Program and the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation department's Conversations at the Edge.

Full event details: saic.edu/events/jacolby-satterwhite-conversation-jada-amina

Image left: Jacolby Satterwhite. Photo: Xavier Scott Marshall
Image right: Jada-Amina

Read this enlightening interview in preparation for tomorrow's Visiting Artists Program event, Jacolby Satterwhite in Co...
11/13/2023

Read this enlightening interview in preparation for tomorrow's Visiting Artists Program event, Jacolby Satterwhite in Conversation with Jada-Amina! See link for details: saic.edu/events/jacolby-satterwhite-conversation-jada-amina

"The New York artist Jacolby Satterwhite is in the midst of transforming the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His vision is a kaleidoscopic installation that blends the queer-coded, video-game-inspired art he’s known for, with soundscapes and treasures plucked from the museum’s esteemed collection. The project, he tells collaborator Kelsey Lu is a radical spiritual awakening."

From our Sept. 23' issue, the New York artist takes his friend inside his new kaleidoscopic installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Don't miss out!
11/10/2023

Don't miss out!

SAIC Galleries is pleased to present Jacolby Satterwhite: Spirits Roaming on the Earth, opening Monday, September 11. Satterwhite’s first major survey, the exhibition maps a holistic view of the artist’s truly multidisciplinary and visionary practice, bringing together a wide range of works from...

Thank you to everyone who attended visiting artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen's lecture this Tuesday!Up next is our last lecture...
11/09/2023

Thank you to everyone who attended visiting artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen's lecture this Tuesday!

Up next is our last lecture of the season, visiting artist Jacolby Satterwhite in Conversation with Jada-Amina on November 14. Event details can be found at the link below!

Jacolby Satterwhite will discuss his practice with Jada-Amina, artist and lead curator of the Black Harvest Film Festival at SAIC’s Gene Siskel Film Center.

Be sure to join us!
11/07/2023

Be sure to join us!

TONIGHT at 6:00 p.m.: Join us for a lecture by Tuan Andrew Nguyen followed by an audience Q&A. ⁠

Nguyen's work explores the power of storytelling through video and sculpture. His projects are based on extensive research and community engagement, tapping into inherited histories and counter-memory. Nguyen extracts and reworks dominant, oftentimes colonial histories and supernaturalisms into imaginative vignettes.

Located at the Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Ave. Free and open to the public. Find full School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Visiting Artists Program event details at the link in our bio.⁠

Image: Tuan Andrew Nguyen, The Specter of Ancestors Becoming, 2019. Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York.

"One of the wisest, most beautiful and unsettling exhibitions in New York this summer is “Tuan Andrew Nguyen: Radiant Re...
11/06/2023

"One of the wisest, most beautiful and unsettling exhibitions in New York this summer is “Tuan Andrew Nguyen: Radiant Remembrance” at the New Museum, a show about coming to terms with the intergenerational trauma of war. Nguyen works in video and also makes art objects pertaining to them. In the three recent moving-image installations here he creates narratives that operate in cinematic and real space in different, often affecting ways."

Read about visiting artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen's work at the New Museum in advance of his public lecture tomorrow!

Tuan Andrew Nguyen Lecture
Tuesday, November 7, 6:00–7:30pm (doors open 5:45pm)
The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Ave.
Free, non-ticketed, and open to the public.

The artist’s video installations and sculptures show how the Vietnam War still reverberates through generations.

Thank you to everyone that joined us for visiting artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen's screening at the Gene Siskel Film Center! ...
11/03/2023

Thank you to everyone that joined us for visiting artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen's screening at the Gene Siskel Film Center! Now get ready to attend his Visiting Artists Program lecture on Tuesday, November 7 at Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute. Details here: saic.edu/events/tuan-andrew-nguyen-lecture

In advance of the talk, read his article newly published on The Brooklyn Rail.

She died instantaneously. While trying on clothes, a bullet pierced her chest. Her mother was with her in the dressing room at a Burlington Coat Factory in North Los Angeles. The bullet was a 5.56mm, shot from an M16.

Happening tonight! Arrive at the Gene Siskel Film Center starting at 5:30pm to catch this screening at 6pm. Tuan Andrew ...
11/01/2023

Happening tonight! Arrive at the Gene Siskel Film Center starting at 5:30pm to catch this screening at 6pm. Tuan Andrew Nguyen will be in attendance, and he will be leading a Q&A after the films are over!

Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Unburied Sounds of a Troubled Horizon, 2022. Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York.

Tomorrow! Be sure to join us:
10/31/2023

Tomorrow! Be sure to join us:

Join the School of the Art Institute's Visiting Artists Program on Wednesday, November 1 at 6pm for this special screening in advance of the Lecture with Tuan Andrew Nguyen (Nov. 7). Artist in person!

THE SOUNDS OF CANNONS FAMILIAR LIKE SAD REFRAINS / ĐẠI BÁC NGHE QUEN NHƯ CÂU DẠO BUỒN
2021, dir. Tuan Andrew Nguyen
Vietnam, 10 min.
In Vietnamese and English with Vietnamese and English subtitles / Format: Digital video

Nguyen juxtaposes archival footage from the US military with recently recorded images of an unexploded ordnance (UXO) deactivation in the Vietnamese coastal province of Quảng Trị. This work aims to contribute towards the healing of a land that was dispossessed by its contamination. Taking its title from a line in the late sixties song Đại Bác Ru Đêm, the film follows one of the unexploded ordnances and gives it a voice through an animistic transformation.

UNBURIED SOUNDS OF A TROUBLED HORIZON
2022, dir. Tuan Andrew Nguyen
Vietnam, 60 min.
In Vietnamese with English subtitles / Format: Digital video

This film explores how material contains memory and holds potential for transformation, reincarnation, and healing. It is inspired by the people of Quảng Trị, one of the most heavily bombed areas in the history of modern warfare. The film centers on a woman named Nguyet and her mother, who run a junkyard on Quảng Trị’s outskirts. Nguyet is both a fully fleshed character and a narrative vehicle for Nguyen’s own physical exploration of material memory.

siskelfilmcenter.org/tuan-andrew-nguyen

This Wednesday, join us at the Gene Siskel Film Center for a screening of two films by visiting artist Tuan Andrew Nguye...
10/30/2023

This Wednesday, join us at the Gene Siskel Film Center for a screening of two films by visiting artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen! Tickets on sale now: saic.edu/events/tuan-andrew-nguyen-screening

Watch this video from PBS's arts and culture series, CANVAS, about Nguyen's work:

An exhibit at The New Museum in New York explores the legacy of the Vietnam War through the films and sculptures of an artist whose own life has been defined by that very legacy. Jeffrey Brown takes a look for our arts and culture series, CANVAS.

Next week! Visiting artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen will be here for a screening of two films in advance of his public lecture...
10/27/2023

Next week! Visiting artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen will be here for a screening of two films in advance of his public lecture the following week. He will be joining us on Wednesday, November 1, at the Gene Siskel Film Center from 6:00-7:30 pm, with doors opening at 5:30pm. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office. This screening is free for all SAIC students! For more information visit the page below.

Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Unburied Sounds of a Troubled Horizon, 2022. Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York.

Thank you to visiting artist Cannupa Hanska Luger for his amazing lecture at the Art Institute this past Tuesday. If you...
10/26/2023

Thank you to visiting artist Cannupa Hanska Luger for his amazing lecture at the Art Institute this past Tuesday. If you missed it, don't worry! The full video recording will be posted on our YouTube channel in the coming weeks, found here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdKqJ2LZB-y3kUJRDgy9vCyeEAifjIVtJ

He also led SAIC ceramics students in a whistle making workshop, teaching them how to activate sound with clay. Check out some pictures from his visit!

Join us tonight in Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago for a lecture by visiting artist Cannupa Hanska Luger!...
10/24/2023

Join us tonight in Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago for a lecture by visiting artist Cannupa Hanska Luger! Doors open at 5:45pm, and the lecture begins at 6:00pm.

Born on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, New Mexico–based artist Cannupa Hanska Luger is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold and is of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, and Lakota heritage. Creating monumental installations, sculptures, and performances to communicate urgent stories about 21st century Indigeneity, Luger incorporates ceramics, steel, fiber, video, and repurposed materials to activate speculative fiction, engage land-based actions of repair, and practice empathetic response through social collaboration.

Cannupa Hanska Luger, Future Ancestral Technologies: New Myth, 2021, single channel video. Videographer/Photo: Gabe Fermin. Courtesy of Garth Greenan Gallery and the artist.

Tomorrow! Join us for a lecture by visiting artist Cannupa Hanska Luger at 6pm in Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of...
10/23/2023

Tomorrow! Join us for a lecture by visiting artist Cannupa Hanska Luger at 6pm in Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago. Doors open at 5:45pm.

In the meantime, watch this video as Cannupa Hanska Luger unveils his new exhibit "Speechless" at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. Luger's exhibition explores the idea of cargo cults and is intended as a "conversation centered around who has a voice, who can speak and is anybody listening."

Cannupa Hanska Luger's exhibition explores the idea of cargo cults and is intended as a "conversation centered around who has a voice, who can speak and is anybody listening."

"My political activism is just embedded in the fact that I’m an Indigenous person in North America, and by default, inhe...
10/20/2023

"My political activism is just embedded in the fact that I’m an Indigenous person in North America, and by default, inherently, a political entity, whether I like it or not. And that’s true for almost all of us. But we are registered with the Department of the Interior as a population, so we have a strange relationship to the country that we live in. We’re inherently political in that sense."

In advance of his public lecture Tuesday, October 24, give this interview with visiting artist Cannupa Hanska Luger a read.
Lecture information: saic.edu/events/cannupa-hanska-luger-lecture

His exhibition 'Speechless' explores the notion of which cultural developments we call 'advanced'

Thank you to everyone who came out last night for a great lecture with visiting artist Raven Chacon! Cannupa Hanska Luge...
10/18/2023

Thank you to everyone who came out last night for a great lecture with visiting artist Raven Chacon! Cannupa Hanska Luger will be here next week on October 24 for his talk in Fullerton Hall at The Art Institute. Mark your calendars!

Cannupa Hanska Luger, Future Ancestral Technologies: New Myth, 2021, single channel video. Videographer/Photo: Gabe Fermin. Courtesy of Garth Greenan Gallery and the artist.

10/17/2023

TONIGHT at 6:00 p.m.: Join us for a lecture by Raven Chacon, artist and Bill and Stephanie Sick Distinguished Visiting Professor, followed by an audience Q&A.

Chacon is a newly-honored MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, performer, and installation artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation. In 2022, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his composition Voiceless Mass. Since 2004, he has mentored over 300 high school Native composers in the writing of new string quartets for the Native American Composers Apprenticeship Project (NACAP).

Located at the Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Ave. Free and open to the public. Event details: https://ow.ly/qTpO50PXmYZ

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Visiting Artists Program

Join us tomorrow for a lecture by newly awarded MacArthur fellow and Bill & Stephanie Sick Distinguished Visiting Profes...
10/16/2023

Join us tomorrow for a lecture by newly awarded MacArthur fellow and Bill & Stephanie Sick Distinguished Visiting Professor Raven Chacon!

A recording artist over the span of 22 years, Chacon has appeared on more than 80 releases on various national and international labels. In 2022, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his composition Voiceless Mass. Since 2004, he has mentored over 300 high school Native composers in the writing of new string quartets for the Native American Composers Apprenticeship Project (NACAP).

The Living Earth Show duo, Travis Andrews (left) and Andy Meyerson (right) performing Raven Chacon's Tremble Staves at Sutro Baths. Photo: Roger Jones

"Recently, the Whitney Biennial included Chacon’s series of thirteen scores dedicated to contemporary American Indian, F...
10/12/2023

"Recently, the Whitney Biennial included Chacon’s series of thirteen scores dedicated to contemporary American Indian, First Nations, and Mestiza women working in music performance, composition, and sound art entitled For Zitkála-Šá (2017–2020). His original work for a church organ, Voiceless Mass, was awarded the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Music."

Read this conversation between our next visiting artist Raven Chacon and Micaela Tobin in advance of Chacon's lecture Tuesday, October 17!

A dialogue between collaborators that delves into decolonial expression in sound, music, and opera.

In case you missed it! Visiting artist Guadalupe Maravilla's inspiring VAP lecture is now on our YouTube channel. Be sur...
10/10/2023

In case you missed it! Visiting artist Guadalupe Maravilla's inspiring VAP lecture is now on our YouTube channel. Be sure to check it out.

In the meantime, get ready for our next lecture on October 17 with Bill & Stephanie Sick Distinguished Visiting Professor Raven Chacon! saic.edu/events/raven-chacon-bill-and-stephanie-sick-distinguished-visiting-professor-lecture

Combining sculpture, painting, performative acts, and installation, Guadalupe Maravilla grounds his transdisciplinary practice in activism and healing. Engag...

We are thrilled to announce that our next visiting artist and Bill & Stephanie Sick Visiting Professor Raven Chacon has ...
10/09/2023

We are thrilled to announce that our next visiting artist and Bill & Stephanie Sick Visiting Professor Raven Chacon has been awarded one of this year's MacArthur "genius" grants! He will be with us next Tuesday, October 17th, giving a lecture in Fullerton Hall. Congrats Raven!

Creating musical works that cut across boundaries of visual art and performance to illuminate landscapes, their inhabitants, and histories.

Thank you to distinguished alum Rebecca Morris (Post-Bacc 1992, MFA 1994) for a wonderful lecture this past Tuesday! If ...
10/05/2023

Thank you to distinguished alum Rebecca Morris (Post-Bacc 1992, MFA 1994) for a wonderful lecture this past Tuesday! If you missed the talk, be sure to visit her survey show on view at the MCA through April.

Our next lecture will be on October 17, featuring newly-awarded MacArthur "genius" grant recipient and Bill & Stephanie Sick Distinguished Professor Raven Chacon!

10/03/2023

TONIGHT at 6:00 p.m.: Join us for the Distinguished Alumni Lecture by Rebecca Morris followed by an audience Q&A. Free and open to the public.

Rebecca Morris (Post-Bacc 1992, MFA 1994) has dedicated her 30-year career to the exploration of abstraction. Her work has taken basic elements like stroke, surface, and frame to question the underlying pretenses of abstract painting, exposing the tensions between the flat surface of the work and the painting as a discrete object. Recurring motifs such as fragmented patterns and distorted grids further complicate her work against the larger history of conceptual artists that have used precise geometry to delineate visual space. Morris is the subject of a solo exhibition open from September 2023 through April 2024 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Lecture located at the Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Ave. Full event details: https://ow.ly/h7Rj50PSu7W

Image Credit: Rebecca Morris, Untitled ( #07-16), 2016, oil on canvas, 85 x 101 inches. Photo: Flying Studio. Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

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Join as at Fullerton Hall this evening to see Rebecca Morris (Post-Bacc 1992, MFA 1994)! Doors open at 5:45pm. The lectu...
10/03/2023

Join as at Fullerton Hall this evening to see Rebecca Morris (Post-Bacc 1992, MFA 1994)!

Doors open at 5:45pm. The lecture will take place from 6:00-7:30pm.

Installation view of Rebecca Morris: 2001–2022, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, October 1, 2022 — January 15, 2023. Photo: Jeff McLane/ICA LA. Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

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