August 30, 2017

Fall 2017 visiting artists

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

(1) Do Ho Suh, Home within Home within Home within Home within Home, 2013. Polyester fabric, metal frame, 602.36 x 505.12 x 510.63 inches. Courtesy National Museum of Modern Contemporary Art, Korea. (2) Courtesy Fiona Raby. (3) Aimée Beaubien, Gusts in the Hothouse, 2016. (4) Ana Mendieta, Butterfly (still), 1975. © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC. Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York.

Each semester, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) hosts lectures, conversations, and screenings by world-renowned artists, designers, and scholars who work across a variety of disciplines. We are proud to announce the fall 2017 lineup.

Visiting Artists Program
Formalized in 1951 with the establishment of an endowed fund by Flora Mayer Witkowsky, the Visiting Artists Program hosts public presentations by some of today’s most compelling practitioners and thinkers to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art and culture. All events are free, non-ticketed, and open to the public, and are held at 6pm in The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S Columbus Drive. Learn more at or T 312 899 5185.

Laura Owens: Bill and Stephanie Sick Distinguished Visiting Professor
September 12

Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series
September 19

Do Ho Suh
October 9

Mark Dion
October 16

Sarah Schulman
October 24

Gareth Pugh in Conversation with Gillion Carrara and Caroline Bellios
November 1

Stefan Sagmeister
November 13

The Grayce Slovet and William Bronson Mitchell Lecture Series
Organized by SAIC’s Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects, The Mitchell Lecture Series brings leaders and emerging voices in architecture, design, and other disciplines from around the world to SAIC for lectures, workshops, and studio visits. Learn more at

Clear Your History: Data, Transparency, and the City
Ben Hooker and Ekene Ijeoma in Conversation with Ann Lui

September 13

Lapo Binazzi and Gianni Pettena in Conversation with Tim Parsons
September 18

Bauhaus Legacy? Demystifying the Bauhaus in Chicago and Beyond
Gunnar Green, Ilona Gaynor, and Norman Teague

September 20

Fiona Raby
September 28

Brendan Cormier in Conversation with Bess Williamson
October 3

Sampson Wong
October 13

Rural Urban Framework
October 19

Yolande Daniels
November 9

Jill Magid
November 14

Clemence Seilles
November 30

Conversations at the Edge
Organized by SAIC’s Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation in collaboration with the Gene Siskel Film Center and SAIC’s Video Data Bank, Conversations at the Edge is a dynamic, weekly series of screenings performances, and talks by groundbreaking media artists. For more information, visit

EXPO VIDEO: Discussion with EXPO VIDEO curator and SAIC alum Ali Subotnick and artist Stanya Kahn at EXPO CHICAGO
September 4

Jim Trainor: The Pink Egg
October 12

The Real-Fake
Curated by Claudia Hart, Rachel Clarke, and Pat Reynolds
October 19

Tense Nature: The Changeover System
Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder with sound artist Brian Case
October 26

Alex Gerbaulet: Digging Deep
November 2

The Films of Ana Mendieta
November 9

Sondra Perry: Performance and Video
November 16

Coco Fusco: Cuba Portraits
November 30

Conversations on Art and Science
Under the leadership of SAIC Chancellor Walter Massey, the Conversations on Art and Science series launched in 2011 as a forum for exploring interdisciplinary and critical perspectives on art, science, design, and technology. Lectures and panel discussions bring noted artists, designers, and scholars to campus to discuss myriad perspectives on art, science, and technology and sustain diverse conversations within the work of SAIC students and faculty. All events are free, non-ticketed, and open to the public. Learn more at

Botanical Speculations Symposium
September 29

Strategies of Cultural Change in the Anthropocene
October 20

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top three graduate fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, Jeff Koons, and LeRoy Neiman. For more information, please visit

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