SAIC Visiting Artists Program Fall Schedule

Conundrums book

Here’s the Fall schedule for The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s visiting artists program. Note the number of interdisciplinarians. Disciplines are dead :)

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) presents its Visiting Artists Program Fall 2010 lecture series. Formalized in 1951 with an endowed fund from Flora Mayer Witkowsky and partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, the Visiting Artists Program hosts public presentations by artists to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through discourse.

FREE and open to the public

All lectures begin at 6:00 p.m. in SAIC’s Columbus Auditorium, 280 South Columbus Drive.

Call 312.899.5187 or visit to confirm times and locations.

Fall 2010 Lecture Series

September 21: Harry Pearce

Graphic designer Harry Pearce joined Pentagram’s London office as a partner in 2006 having co-founded and grown Lippa Pearce to become one of the UK’s most respected design agencies over the previous 16 years. In 2009 he published his collection of design puzzles, Conundrums: Typographic Conundrums.

October 5: Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series: Maria Martinez-Cañas
Cuba-born and Miami-based, SAIC alumna Maria Martinez-Cañas (MFA 1984) fuses aspects of painting, photography, and collage to resolve feelings of displacement and exile. Co-presented with SAIC’s Alumni Relations.

October 25: Camille Utterback
The recipient of the 2009 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, Camille Utterback is an internationally acclaimed artist whose interactive installations and reactive sculptures focus attention on the continued relevance and richness of the body in our increasingly mediated world.

November 9: Martha Wilson

Over the past four decades, pioneering artist Martha Wilson has created conceptual performance, photography, and video works that explore her female subjectivity and sensitivity to surveillance. Wilson was a founding member of the conceptual feminist punk rock group DISBAND, and in 1976 she founded (and has since directed) Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.

November 15: Lynda Barry
The inimitable creator behind the syndicated strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek, Lynda Barry works as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator, and teacher. She explores the depths of the inner and outer realms of creation and imagination, where play can be serious, monsters have purpose, and not knowing is an answer unto itself.

December 6: Richard Sennett
Celebrated for his studies of social ties in cities, Richard Sennett has produced more than a dozen books, including three novels, mostly on aspects of the urban experience and the interconnection between authority, modernism, and public life. Co-presented by the William H. Bronson and Grayce Slovett Mitchell Lecture Series in SAIC’s Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects and the Department of Fiber and Material Studies.

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About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
A nationally accredited leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from across the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy that is built upon a multidisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC’s resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit

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