Sam Fox School launches fall Public Lecture Series

Art historian Richard Meyer to speak Sept. 7

Richard Meyer, associate professor of art history and fine arts at the University of Southern California (USC), will launch the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts’ fall Public Lecture Series at 6:30 p.m. 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 6 p.m.

For more information, call (314) 935-9300 or visit

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 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 7 p.m. 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 6:30 p.m. in Steinberg Hall Auditorium, located near the intersection of Skinker and Forsyth boulevards. In addition, each talk will be preceded by a reception at 6 p.m. For more information, call (314) 935-9300 or visit

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, 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

Oct. 24
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. 7
Gregg Pasquarelli, AIA

Principal, SHoP Architects, New York
* Coral Courts Lecture

Nov. 9
Patrick Dougherty

* Louis D. Beaumont Artist in Residence Lecture