John Freyer Lecture

John Freyer will deliver a public lecture about his art, which is rooted in social practice. In his latest project Free Hot Coffee Freyer has built a mobile coffee bike that moves across campus, encouraging conversations between community members. In an age of short text messages and emails, Freyer’s work emphasizes face-to-face communication as community building and spaces for healthier individuals and families. He sees the local artisan as an integral aspect of community economic and social development.

Line of Inquiry: A Series of Brief Research Talks

Line of Inquiry is a series of brief research talks that will occur in the Art Library, N201

The series will include presentations by the following MFA candidates:

  • AC Carter
  • Christina Echezarreta
  • Lindy Erkes
  • Matthew Flores
  • Erin Geagon
  • Emily Hershberger
  • Alec Klaus
  • Lupe Navarro
  • Lauren O’Connor-Korb
  • Katie Rothacher
  • Taylor Shaw
  • Alexis Spina

A question and answer session will follow. Light refreshments will be served.

Raphael and the Pantheon: Lecture by Professor Lisa Pon

Lisa Pon, Professor of Renaissance Art History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, will deliver a lecture Raphael and the Pantheon. Pon's work includes ground–breaking studies on prints from the Renaissance in her book Raphael, Dürer, and Marcantonio Raimondi: Copying and the Italian Renaissance Print, which was published by Yale University Press in 2004. She also wrote A Printed Icon in Early Modern Italy: Forlì’s Madonna of the Fire, published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.

Jack Davis Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture: Rick Meyerowitz

Rick Meyerowitz began contributing illustrated articles to National Lampoon in April 1970. He painted both the poster for Animal House, and the Lampoon’s trademark visual, the Mona Gorilla, which has been called, “One of the enduring icons of American humor.” Meyerowitz’s book DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great was published by Abrams in 2010. Recently, Meyerowitz painted the poster for the documentary film, DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD, The Story of the National Lampoon.

Zanele Muholi and Amelie Klein: A Conversation on “Making Africa”

The Willson Center will partner with the High Museum in Atlanta to host a conversation with photographer Zanele Muholi and curator Amelie Klein of the Vitra Design Museum in Germany. The event is in conjunction with Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, an exhibit curated by Klein on display at the High Museum from October 15, 2017–January 7, 2018.

Matt Kenyon Lecture

Matt Kenyon is an artist that works in Brooklyn, NY and Providence, Rhode Island. He received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002 and currently is an Associate Professor in the Digital and Media Program at Rhode Island School of Design. Kenyon has been included in national and international shows, including FILE Prix 2010 at Centro Cultural FIESP in São Paulo, Brazil, and Talk to Me at the Museum of Modern Art, NY in 2011. In 2015 Kenyon gave a TED talk on the complexities and social implications of his work Secret Memorial for Civilian Causalities.

Amanda Ross-Ho Lecture

Amanda Ross-Ho received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MFA from the University of Southern California. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Ross-Ho has had a multitude of solo exhibitions, including shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2012), Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH (2014), and Praz-Delavallade, Paris (2015). She also participated in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Inspiration for Ross-Ho’s work comes from objects in the studio and often tends to be autobiographical.


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