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SCI-Arc announced Spring 2017 Public Lectures and Exhibitions

United States - Jan 2, 2017 - 17:18   5233 views

SCI-Arc has announced its spring 2017 series of public events. SCI-Arc public lectures this coming spring will introduce speakers from a broad cross-section of today’s most exciting architects, artists, philosophers and theorists including José Oubrerie, Slajov Zizek and Sylvia Lavin, among others. 

The lecture series is complemented by several exhibitions including: Curated by Sylvia Lavin, The Duck and the Document features a series of fragments, from handrails to façade panels, salvaged from canonic buildings of the late 20th century. Curated by Jeffrey Kipnis and designed by Andrew Zago, Drawing Conclusions asserts as self-evident that the constellation of hand architectural drawings reached an apex in its conceptual and technical development around 1990 just as computational technological instruments such as wireframe drawings, renderings page definition illustrations and 3-d models began to supplant its predecessor entirely as the primary vector for disciplinary and professional communication.

Admission to SCI-Arc-hosted public events and exhibitions is always free and open to the public.

Visit SCI-Arc Events for more information about upcoming lectures. All events begin at 7pm unless otherwise noted. Lectures take place in the W. M. Keck Lecture Hall and are broadcast at Gallery opening receptions are held in the SCI-Arc Gallery & Kappe Library Gallery spaces.

January 25, 7pm in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall 

Didier Fiuza Faustino Lecture: Didier Faustino is an architect and artist working on the relationship between body and space. He started his own practice at the crossroad of art and architecture just after graduating in architecture in 1995. 

February 1, 7pm in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall 

Mat Olson Lecture: Matt Olson established OOIEE (Office Of Interior Establishing Exterior) on 1/1/16 to work on projects related to contemporary art, design and culture. It is a cross-disciplinary, open practice with interests ranging from furniture and objects, actions and scenarios, landscape architecture related work, teaching, writing, publishing, fashion and more.

February 6, 7pm in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall 

José Oubrerie + Todd Gannon Duel + Duet

José Oubrerie is Professor Emeritus at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University, where he was Chair from 1991 to 1997. Initially trained as a painter, Oubrerie studied architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Todd Gannon is an architect and writer based in Los Angeles. He teaches history, theory, and design studio at SCI-Arc. His published books include The Light Construction Reader (2002), Et in Suburbia Ego: José Oubrerie's Miller House (2013) and monographs on the work of Morphosis, Bernard Tschumi, UN Studio, Steven Holl, Mack Scogin/Merrill Elam, Zaha Hadid, Peter Eisenman and Eric Owen Moss.

March 1, 7pm in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall 

Graham Harman + Slajov Zizek Duel + Duet

Graham Harman is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at SCI-Arc. He was born in 1968 in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and earned his B.A. from St. John's College (Maryland), his M.A. from Penn State University, and his Ph.D. from DePaul University. He is the author of fifteen books, most recently Immaterialism: Objects and Social Theory (2016, Polity) and Dante's Broken Hammer: The Ethics, Esthetics, and Metaphysics of Love (2016, Repeater).

Slavoj Zizek, researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana; researcher at the Birkbeck School of Law, London University; visiting professor at Kyuing-Hee University, Seoul. His work focuses on the philosophical implications of psychoanalytic theory, especially on the way a Lacanian reading of Hegel enables us to overcome the opposition between realism and transcendentalism.

March 8, 7pm in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall 

Peter Cook Lecture: Professor Sir Peter Cook RA, founder of Archigram, former Director the Institute for Contemporary Art, London (the ICA) and Bartlett School of Architecture at University College, London has been a pivotal figure within the global architectural world for over half a century.

March 13, 7pm in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall 

Vishaan Chakrabarti Lecture: Vishaan Chakrabarti is a registered architect and the founder of PAU. Simultaneously, Vishaan is an Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP), where he teaches architectural design studios and seminars on urbanism.

March 15, 7pm in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall 

Neil M. Denari Lecture: Neil M. Denari, FAIA, is principal of NMDA, Neil M. Denari Architects Inc., and Professor of Architecture and Interim Chair of the AUD at UCLA. He received his BArch from the University of Houston in 1980 and an MArch from Harvard in 1982. Among his many awards is the Los Angeles AIA Gold Medal, received in 2011. His work has been included in many exhibitions, including the solo show “The Artless Drawing” in 2010 at Ace Gallery LA and the 2013 group show New Sculpturalism at MOCA Los Angeles.

March 20, 7pm in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall 

Jeffrey Schnapp Lecture: Jeffrey Schnapp is a cultural theorist, media historian, designer, and experimentalist. He teaches at Harvard University and is the founder/faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard, faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, and CEO of Piaggio Fast Forward.

March 29, 7pm in the W. M. Keck Lecture Hall 

Sylvia Lavin Lecture: Sylvia Lavin is an internationally known critic, historian and curator whose work explores the limits of architecture across a wide spectrum of historical periods. She is Professor, Director of PhD Programs and former Chair of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA and has taught at Princeton, Harvard, Columbia among other schools.

April 3, 7pm in the Library 

Jake Matatyaou + Amalia Ulman Duel + Duet

Jake Matatyaou is a designer and educator based in Los Angeles, California. Motivated by exchanges between aesthetics and politics, his work addresses questions of material and immaterial modes of cultural production and reception. Matatyaou received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from UCLA in 2001, a Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University in 2008, and an M.Arch from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in 2012.

The work of artist Amalia Ulman operates within the triangle of commerce, leisure, and popular culture, exposing the commodification of everyday life. The personas, artifacts, and environments Ulman creates confuse one’s sense of reality and invite us to take a closer look at the promiscuous power of images as they acquire the phantasmagoric capacity to circulate on their own.

April 5, 7pm in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall 

Giancarlo Mazzanti Lecture

Giancarlo Mazzanti (1963, Barranquilla, Colombia) is an architect and graduated from the Javeriana University, Bogotá - Colombia (1987) with a postgraduate degree in Architecture History and theory, and Industrial Design from the University of Florence, Italy (1991). He has taught at several Colombian universities, and has taught at some of the most prestigious American universities such as Princeton University in 2012, Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2014 and University of Pennsylvania in 2016.


February 3 – March 5, 2017 in the Library Gallery 

José Oubrerie: Chapel of the Mosquitos Exhibition

Friday, February 3, 7pm: Opening Reception

June 16 – July 31, 2017 in the SCI-Arc Gallery Maxi Spina: Thick Exhibition

March 10 – 25, 2017 in the SCI-Arc Gallery 

Drawing Conclusions Symposium & Exhibition 

Curated by Jeffrey Kipnis and Produced/Designed Andrew Zago 

Friday, March 24, 7pm: Exhibition Closing Reception 

Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25: Symposium

April 14 – May 28, 2017 in the SCI-Arc Gallery 

The Duck and the Document Exhibition 

Curated by Sylvia Lavin Friday, April 14, 7pm: Exhibition Opening Reception

April 29 – May 29, 2017 throughout School 

Spring Show Saturday, April 29, 5pm: Opening Reception

June 16 – July 31, 2017 in the SCI-Arc Gallery 

Maxi Spina: Thick Exhibition

Friday, June 16, 7pm: Opening Reception

Top image: From left to right; Amalia Ulman, Andrew Zago, Didier Faustino, Giancarlo Mazzanti, Jake Matatyaou, Jeffrey Schnapp, Jose Oubrerie, Mat Olson, Slavoj Zizek, Graham Harman, Neil M. Denari and Peter Cook.

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