Fall '11 Public Lecture Series

Nina Levitt, "Submerged (for Alice Austen)" 1991/92, color photograph (detail of larger installation), collection of the artist.

Richard Meyer the first of 14 speakers to lecture this fall

Posted by Liam Otten, The Record September 1, 2011

Richard Meyer, associate professor of art history and fine arts at the University of Southern California (USC), will launch the Sam Fox School's fall Public Lecture Series at 6:30p Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Titled Quarantined: Alice Austen and the Secret History of Photography, Meyer's talk also comes as part of the Sam Fox School's ongoing Multiple Feminisms Lecture Series. Designed to expand the conversation about what it means to be feminist, the series investigates the contemporary cultural debate over sexuality and gender, and its effects upon modern art, visual culture and academic practices.

The event is free and open to the public and will take place in Steinberg Hall Auditorium, located near the intersection of Skinker and Forsyth boulevards. A reception for Meyer will precede the lecture, at 6p.

Meyer is the author of Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century American Art (2002). The book explores the works of homosexual artists—from Paul Cadmus and Andy Warhol to Robert Mapplethorpe, and Holly Hughes—as well as the circumstances under which these works have been attacked, suppressed, and censored outright.

Meyer also is author, with Anthony W. Lee, of Weegee and Naked City (2002) and, with Catherine Lord, Art and Queer Culture, 1885 to the present, forthcoming from Phaidon. In addition, Meyer was curator of Warhols' Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered, which was seen at the Jewish Museum in New York and, in expanded form, at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. He currently is writing What Was Contemporary Art?, a short history of contemporary art in the United States.

In addition to teaching, Meyer directs The Contemporary Project and the Visual Studies Graduate Certificate program, both at USC.

Multiple Feminisms

Multiple Feminisms is organized by Patricia Olynyk, director of the Sam Fox School's Graduate School of Art, in conjunction with the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. The series is made possible by a grant from Washington University's Diversity Initiative.

The series will continue at 7p Oct. 20 with a screening of !Women Art Revolution (2010) by artist and director Lynn Hershman. Filmed over the course of 40 years, this acclaimed documentary features interviews with Judy Chicago, Adrian Piper, Betye Saar, Nancy Spero, Martha Rosler, Carolee Schneemann, and other artists influential within the feminist art movement.

Sam Fox School Public Lecture Series

The Public Lecture Series is supported in part by funds from the Washington University Provost's Office Diversity & Inclusion Grants and from the Washington University Student Union.

All talks are free and open to the public and begin at 6:30p in Steinberg Hall Auditorium, preceded by receptions at 6p.

Fall 2011 Schedule

Sept. 7
Richard Meyer
Associate professor of art history and fine arts, University of Southern California
* Multiple Feminisms Lecture Series

Sept. 14
Thomas Demand
Getty Scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles
Artist, on view as part of the Kemper Art Museum's exhibition Precarious Worlds: Contemporary Art from Germany

Sept. 19
Saskia Sassen
Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and co-chair of The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

Sept. 26
Neil Denari
Principal, Neil M. Denari Architects, Inc., Los Angeles
* Abend Family Lecture

Oct. 3
Stephen Kieran, FAIA

Partner, KieranTimberlake, Philadelphia
* AIA St. Louis Scholarship Trust Lecture

Oct. 5
Tomás Saraceno
Artist, on view as part of the Kemper Art Museum's exhibition Tomás Saraceno: Cloud-Specific

Oct. 10
Brad Cloepfil, AIA, NCARB
Founding principal, Allied Works Architecture, Portland & New York
* Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor Lecture

Oct. 17
Allison Williams, FAIA, LEED AP, NCARB
Design principal and director of design, San Francisco office of Perkins+Will

Oct. 19
Theaster Gates, Jr.
Artist and urban planner
Director of arts programming, Department of Visual Arts, University of Chicago

Frank Barkow
Co-founder, Barkow Leibinger Architects, Berlin, Germany
* Fumihiko Maki Lecture

Oct. 26
Jean-Louis Cohen
Sheldon H. Solow Chair for the History of Architecture, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Nov. 2
Radcliffe Bailey
* Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist Lecture

Nov. 9
Patrick Dougherty
* Louis D. Beaumont Artist in Residence Lecture

Nov. 21
Gregg Pasquarelli, AIA
Principal, SHoP Architects, New York
* Coral Courts Lecture
**Rescheduled from Nov. 7