January 31, 2019

Spring 2019 visiting artists and designers

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Martha Rosler, Untitled, Frankfurt (Main), 2004. C-print, 26.5 x 40 inches. © Martha Rosler. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Lydia Kallipoliti, New York. (2) Second Lives | After Bottles, Ines Leong / L-INES Photo. (3) Jodie Mack, The Grand Bizarre (still), 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

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 spring 2019 lineup.

Visiting Artists Program
Formalized in 1951 with the establishment of an endowed fund by Flora Mayer Witkowsky, SAIC’s 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 at the Art Institute of Chicago. Learn more at This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Elmgreen & Dragset: February 5
Bouchra Khalili: February 20
Emory Douglas: March 5
Aaron Williamson: March 19
Rodney McMillian: Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series: April 3
Newton Harrison: April 9
Martha Rosler: April 16

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

Jodie Mack: The Grand Bizarre: February 7
Naeem Mohaiemen: United Red Army (The Young Man Was, Part I): February 14
The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi and 27 Years without Images: February 16
Laida Lertxundi: Landscape Plus: February 21
Morgan Fisher: Paintings, Photographs, Films: February 28
On Watching Men: March 7
Evan Meaney: We Will Love You Forever: March 21
Disorienting Diasporas: March 28
Shards from the Mirror of History: April 4
Tabita Rezaire: Network Blossom: April 11
Dawn Chan and Mary Flanagan: On Power and Play in Virtual Worlds: April 18

The Grayce Slovet and William Bronson Mitchell Lecture Series
Organized by the 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. Lecture details to come at

The Principals/Drew Seskunas: February 4
Rafa Esparza: February 27
Lydia Kallipoliti: March 13
Zoë Ryan and Matylda Krzykowski on Design Exhibitions: March 18
Renee Gladman: March 28
Luftwerk: April 11
Nicole L'Huillier: April 15
Alfred Zollinger: The John Kurtich Lecture in Interior Architecture: April 29

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For more than 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 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. Learn more at

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