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 today's most influential practioners and thinkers.

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.

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Fall 2020 visiting writer Ocean Vuong is the author of The New York Times bestselling novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorge...
09/16/2020

Fall 2020 visiting writer Ocean Vuong is the author of The New York Times bestselling novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous and the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016.

Don't miss Vuong's live book reading and audience Q&A on October 6, 6:30–7:30 p.m. CT!

More info and link to join: https://www.saic.edu/events/ocean-vuong

A big congratulations to 2017 Distinguished Alumni Lecturer Sonya Clark (BFA 1993) on receiving deCordova Sculpture Park...
09/08/2020
Sonya Clark Wins 2020 Rappaport Prize

A big congratulations to 2017 Distinguished Alumni Lecturer Sonya Clark (BFA 1993) on receiving deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum's 2020 Rappaport Prize!
"Clark, whose practice embraces large-scale installation, performance, archival research, and participatory actions, frequently uses everyday objects such as combs and flags to celebrate Black identity and address themes of race, migration, slavery, and white supremacy, as embodied both historically and in modern-day functions such as policing and incarceration."

Lincoln, Massachusetts–based deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum has named fiber artist Sonya Clark as this year’s winner of the $35,000 Rappaport Prize. Clark, whose practice embraces large-scale installation, performance, archival research, and participatory actions, frequently uses everyday o...

Save the date! Our fall 2020 series will kick off with a live virtual lecture by artist Fred Wilson on September 22 at 6...
09/03/2020

Save the date! Our fall 2020 series will kick off with a live virtual lecture by artist Fred Wilson on September 22 at 6:30pm CT. Wilson is a conceptual artist whose work investigates museological, cultural, and historical issues, which are largely overlooked or neglected by museums and cultural institutions. He is renowned for his interdisciplinary practice that challenges assumptions of history, culture, race, and conventions of display.
More info at saic.edu/vap

Image: Fred Wilson. Courtesy of the artist.

08/31/2020

We are thrilled to announce our fall 2020 lecture series! Join us online for one of the city’s leading public forums on the presentation and contemplation of contemporary art, design, and scholarship. Programs will be hosted via Zoom and have closed captions available. More info at saic.edu/vap.

September 22: Fred Wilson
October 6: Ocean Vuong
October 13: Irma Boom
October 27: Ebony G. Patterson
November 10: Nyugen E. Smith
November 17: Raqs Media Collective

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XMAP: In Plain Sight, a nationwide skywriting campaign, was created by fall 2018 visiting artist Cassils and performance...
08/28/2020
#XMAP: In Plain Sight

XMAP: In Plain Sight, a nationwide skywriting campaign, was created by fall 2018 visiting artist Cassils and performance artist Rafa Esparza. The project brings together 80 artists who are dedicated to abolishing immigrant detention and the United States culture of incarceration. In Plain Sight has generated skywriting messages over 80 different detention facilities, immigration courts, borders, sites of former internment camps, and other historically significant landmarks across the US.

80 Artists. 80 Detention Facilities. July 3/4/5th. An Artist Intervention. #xmap

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (MFA 1989) is a conceptual artist working across media to create works that challenge our notions ...
08/25/2020

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (MFA 1989) is a conceptual artist working across media to create works that challenge our notions of the political and the cultural. Listen to the artist's 2013 Distinguished Alumni Lecture at the link below.

https://www.saic.edu/visiting-artists-program/events/i%C3%B1igo-manglano-ovalle

Image: Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Phantom Truck, 2007, installation view. Photo by Barbara Sax/Getty Images

08/19/2020
Sarah Schulman, 10/24/17 - SAIC's Visiting Artists Program Lecture

Sarah Schulman is a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and AIDS historian. Watch Sculman's 2017 Visiting Artists Program lecture and book reading at the link.

Sarah Schulman is a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and AIDS historian. She is the author of 18 books, most recently the n...

Pentagram partner Eddie Opara has designed a new book, Dawoud Bey: Two American Projects, which features the photographe...
08/18/2020
Dawoud Bey pays tribute to the cross-generational fight for civil rights

Pentagram partner Eddie Opara has designed a new book, Dawoud Bey: Two American Projects, which features the photographer's conceptual images of collective memory.

We enjoyed having Eddie Opara as a Visiting Designer in fall 2019. Watch their lecture here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAj07wq0aNw&t=228s

Pentagram partner Eddie Opara and his team have worked on the design for new book Dawoud Bey: Two American Projects, which features the photographer’s conceptual images of collective memory

Yasi Alipour is in conversation with artist and activist Gregg Bordowitz on the occasion of his forthcoming retrospectiv...
08/11/2020
GREGG BORDOWITZ with Yasi Alipour

Yasi Alipour is in conversation with artist and activist Gregg Bordowitz on the occasion of his forthcoming retrospective, MoMA PS1’s Gregg Bordowitz: I Wanna Be Well.

We were delighted to have Bordowitz as part of our Spring 2020 lecture series. Check out his virtual program here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2JUPweJAH8&t=349s

Artist and activist Gregg Bordowitz speaks with Yasi Alipour about his multi-faceted practice, from political activism and protest to writing and lecture-performances.

08/07/2020
Tom Kalin: Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series - February 10, 2016

SAIC alum Tom Kalin (MFA 1987) is known for narrative features, installations, and short experimental films and videos. Watch Kalin's Spring 2016 lecture at the link!

School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Visiting Artists Program Tom Kalin (MFA 1987) is known for narrative features, installations, and short experimental...

Pritzker Prize Laureate Toyo Ito discusses Home-for-All, communal spaces that were built for the towns washed away by th...
08/05/2020

Pritzker Prize Laureate Toyo Ito discusses Home-for-All, communal spaces that were built for the towns washed away by the March 11, 2011, tsunami in Japan in his Visiting Artists Program lecture. Ito reflects on how these spaces reveal the fundamental problems that exist within modernist architecture and how architecture should take form in the 21st century. Listen to Toyo Ito's Fall 2013 lecture at the link below!

https://www.saic.edu/visiting-artists-program/events/toyo-ito

Image: Home-for-All in Rikuzentakata, courtesy Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects. Photo by Naoya Hatakeyama.

Park McArthur's new exhibition at Essex Street Gallery, “Edition One and Two Fantasies,” continues the artist's engageme...
08/03/2020
Essex Street

Park McArthur's new exhibition at Essex Street Gallery, “Edition One and Two Fantasies,” continues the artist's engagement with artworks' reliance on multiple sites of reception. The exhibition features a single sculpture made from the artist's ventilator's disposable filters and 2 prints that resemble the text and markings of an incentive spirometer, a device that measures the volume of a breath of air.

The exhibition exists as an audio described and captioned video here: exhibition146.essexstreet.biz#video

The exhibition exists as images with alt texts here: exhibition146.essexstreet.biz#images

We were thrilled to have Park McArthur as a fall 2019 visiting artist.

Did you know our website has audio recordings of over 150 lectures from the SAIC Visiting Artists Program archive? Tune ...
07/29/2020
Past Events & Podcasts

Did you know our website has audio recordings of over 150 lectures from the SAIC Visiting Artists Program archive? Tune in at the link to listen!

To access rare, recently digitized recordings from SAIC's Visiting Artists Program, including talks by renowned contemporary artists and scholars Susan Sontag, Barbara Kruger, Guerrilla Girls, Henry L

07/27/2020
Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards

Congratulations to Spring 2020 Distinguished Alumni Lecturer Emil Ferris (BFA 2008, MFA 2010) for receiving an award at the 32nd annual Eisner Awards! Ferris' graphic novel “Our Favorite Thing Is My Favorite Thing Is Monsters,” by Fantagraphics Books won in the category of Best Single Issue/One-Shot.

And The Winners Are....

07/24/2020
Işıl Eğrikavuk, 3/6/18 - SAIC's Visiting Artists Program Lecture

SAIC alumnus Işıl Eğrikavuk's (MA 2005, MFA 2008) work finds its core in social and political events blended with fictional components. She primarily works with stories that have a fantastical or absurd element that challenges the viewer’s ability to believe them. Listen to Eğrikavuk's Spring 2018 Distinguished Alumni Lecture at the link!

The artistic work of Işıl Eğrikavuk (MA 2005, MFA 2008) finds its core in social and political events blended with fictional components. She primarily works ...

Ibrahim Mahama uses the transformation of materials to explore themes of commodity, migration, globalization, and econom...
07/20/2020
ibrahim mahama shares a message of hope during coronavirus lockdown

Ibrahim Mahama uses the transformation of materials to explore themes of commodity, migration, globalization, and economic exchange. We were delighted to have Mahama as a visiting artist in fall 2018.

ghanaian artist ibrahim mahama dedicates images taken at his studio (redclay), in tamale, ghana, and a message of hope for our readers.

Anab Jain is founder of the London-and-India-based design studio Superflux, which she runs in partnership with Jon Arder...
07/17/2020

Anab Jain is founder of the London-and-India-based design studio Superflux, which she runs in partnership with Jon Ardern. The studio produces inventive and critical work exploring the limits of emerging technologies and their implications on society and culture. Listen to Jain's Fall 2014 lecture at the link below!

https://www.saic.edu/visiting-artists-program/events/anab-jain

Image: Jon Ardern and Anab Jain with the 5th Dimensional Camera at the IMPACT exhibition, superflux.in/work/5th-dimensional-camera. Courtesy of EPSRC.

07/16/2020
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School of the Art Institute of Chicago

English-born fashion designer Gareth Pugh is globally recognized for his approach to redefining modern luxury. Pugh creates “wearable sculptures,” with experimental forms, volumes, and fabrics as his signature aesthetic. Get Inspired.

Visit ow.ly/6WYY50AAtgd to watch this talk and other past visiting artists. SAIC students also have access to exclusive artist talks on Panopto.

#garethpugh #artisttalk #saicvisitingartistsprogram

07/15/2020
Newton Harrison, 4/9/19 - SAIC’s Visiting Artists Program Lecture

Newton Harrison, along with his late wife Helen Mayer Harrison, are among the leading pioneers of the eco art movement. They worked for almost 40 years together with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners and other artists, initiating collaborative dialogues to uncover ideas and solutions which support biodiversity and community development. Click at the link to listen to Harrison's spring 2019 Visiting Artists Program lecture!

Newton Harrison, along with his late wife Helen Mayer Harrison, are among the leading pioneers of the eco art movement. They are often referred to simply as ...

Spring 2018 visiting artist Nari Ward is exhibiting two new public artworks in conjunction with the artist’s ongoing ret...
07/13/2020
In Denver, Nari Ward Boldly Confronts Histories of Immigration in New Public Artwork

Spring 2018 visiting artist Nari Ward is exhibiting two new public artworks in conjunction with the artist’s ongoing retrospective, “We the People,” at the MCA Denver. With a focus on protest and social justice, the works include a multi-story projection titled LAZARUS Beacon and Ward's wall drawings on billboards.

The piece is part of a sprawling outdoor exhibition by the artist.

Beatriz Milhazes’ abstract paintings take their roots from Brazilian and European Modernism, Baroque forms, popular cult...
07/10/2020

Beatriz Milhazes’ abstract paintings take their roots from Brazilian and European Modernism, Baroque forms, popular culture, and the decorations of Carnival. Listen to her Fall 2013 lecture on our website:

https://www.saic.edu/visiting-artists-program/events/beatriz-milhazes

Beatriz Milhazes, Amor, 2011, collage, 27 ¾ x 19 ¾ in.
Photo: Manuel Águas & Pepe Schettino
© The Artist / Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai

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07/08/2020
Fischerspooner: Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series - September 21, 2016

Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner first met at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in 1998 founded Fischerspooner, an ongoing sound and performance project about the relationship between art and entertainment.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Visiting Artists Program Warren Fischer (SAIC 1991–93) and Casey Spooner (SAIC 1989–93) first met at the School of t...

07/06/2020
Industrial Facility

Love to see new projects by Spring 2020 visiting designers Industrial Facility! Check out KIT, a system of networked kitchen appliances.

KIT, 2020
KIT is a provocation that envisions networked kitchen appliances serving as structure for an entire system, arranged to build an open and useful home kitchen. Future Facility (the conceptual branch of Industrial Facility), envisions smart appliances with more relevant functionality and performance, intelligent craft and simpler interfaces. More info in bio.
Thanks to Rob @secretswimclub for animation and @jasonzigrino for visuals.
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#kitchen #kitchendesign #interiordesign #interior #design #industrial #industrialdesign #product #productdesign #appliances #kitchenequipment #samhecht #kimcolin #futurefacility #industrialfacility #samhechtandkimcolin #samhechtkimcolin

07/02/2020
Eyal Weizman, 10/23/18 - SAIC's Visiting Artists Program Lecture

Eyal Weizman is an architect, professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures, and founder and director of the research agency Forensic Architecture based at Goldsmiths, University of London. Watch Weizman's fall 2018 lecture at the link below to learn more about his work!

Eyal Weizman is an architect, professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures, and founder and director of the research agency Forensic Architecture based at Goldsm...

06/30/2020
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School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Huma Bhabha is known for her engagement with the human form and for her use of found objects. Her materials include Styrofoam, scavenged wood, found metal parts, chicken wire, cork, and air-dried clay, which she forms into complex assemblages, sometimes transforming them into bronze. Get Inspired.

Visit http://ow.ly/oL4350Am0Q8 to watch this talk and other past visiting artists. SAIC students also have access to exclusive artist talks on Panopto.

#humabhabha #artisttalk #saicvisitingartistsprogram

MONUMENTS NOW at Socrates Sculpture Park seeks to address the role of monuments in society and commemorate underrepresen...
06/29/2020
Monuments Now | Socrates Sculpture Park

MONUMENTS NOW at Socrates Sculpture Park seeks to address the role of monuments in society and commemorate underrepresented narratives such as diasporic, Indigenous, and queer histories.

The exhibition, which is currently on view, includes Spring 2014 Visiting Artist Xaviera Simmons and Fall 2019 Distinguished Alumni Lecturer Jeffrey Gibson. Check out the exhibition at the link below!

In this turbulent moment when we find ourselves reevaluating American identity and values, the MONUMENTS NOW exhibition at Socrates Sculpture Park seeks to address the role of monuments in society and commemorate underrepresented narratives such as diasporic, Indigenous, and queer histories.

A letter from Apichatpong Weerasethakul written from his home in Chiang Mai on the current pandemic and slow cinema. Wee...
06/26/2020
Signs of Life: A letter from Apichatpong Weerasethakul - Filmkrant

A letter from Apichatpong Weerasethakul written from his home in Chiang Mai on the current pandemic and slow cinema. Weerasethakul was part of our Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series in Fall 2017.

Last week, Jia Zhang-ke sent us a letter from his quarantine in Beijing. This week, Thai slow cinema luminary Apichatpong Weerasethakul responds from his home in Chiang Mai. I was touched by Jia Zhangke’s letter which made me feel the importance of kinship in our time of confinement. I aspire to d...

06/24/2020
Mark Dion, 10/16/17 - SAIC’s Visiting Artists Program Lecture

Fall 2017 visiting artist Mark Dion examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. Watch Dion's lecture at the link below!

Mark Dion’s practice examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural wo...

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