Sam Fox School launches spring lecture series

Alumni Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick to speak Jan. 28

Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick, Eisbergfreistadt: King of Birds (2011).

A gray-brown figure stands on a rocky shore, arms outstretched and face obscured by birds. A turbaned head emerges from a pond, a lily in its mouth. Silver-spiked balloons hoist a prone humanoid over desert and volcanoes.

Over the last three decades, the collaborative artists Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick have won international acclaim for large-scale photo installations that mix dry wit and subtle narratives with trippy, futuristic surrealism — René Magritte meets NASA and Pink Floyd.

At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, Kahn and Selesnick — who began collaborating in 1982 as WUSTL photography majors — will discuss their work for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts spring Public Lecture Series.

In all, the series will feature 12 talks by nationally and internationally known artists, architects, curators, landscape architects and urban designers.

Other highlights include conceptual artist Nina Katchadourian (Feb. 18), art conservator Patricia Favero (Feb. 27), and landscape architect Kate Orff (March 20).

All talks are free and open to the public and, unless otherwise noted, begin at 6:30 p.m. in Steinberg Hall Auditorium. Each will be preceded by a reception at 6 p.m.

Steinberg Hall is located near the intersection of Skinker and Forsyth boulevards, immediately adjacent to the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

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

Spring 2013 speakers

Jan. 28
Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick
Collaborative artist team

Feb. 4
Stanislaus von Moos
Vincent Scully Visiting Professor of Architectural History, Yale University
Eugene J. Mackey Jr. Lecture

Feb. 11
Georgeen Theodore
Founding partner and principal, Interboro, New York
Associate professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture and Design
Coral Courts Lecture

Feb. 18
Nina Katchadourian
Artist represented by Catharine Clark Gallery
Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist Lecture

Patricia Favero, associate conservator for The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., will discuss painter Georges Braque Feb. 27. Pictured is The Round Table (1929). Image courtesy of The Phillips Collection. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Feb. 27
Patricia Favero
Associate conservator, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
In conjunction with the Kemper Art Museum exhibition Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928-1945
* Reception in Kemper Art Museum.

March 6
Angel Alonso
Principal, aceboXalonso architects, Madrid
Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor Lecture

March 18
Rahul Mehrotra
Founder and principal, RMA Architects, Mumbai, India
Professor and chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

March 20
Kate Orff
Founding principal, SCAPE, New York
Anova Lecture for Landscape Architecture

March 22
Workshop Keynote Lecture: “MISI-ZIIBI: Living With the Great Rivers
Climate Adaptation Strategies in the Midwest River Basins”
Robbert de Koning, Dale Morris and Steven Slabbers
Co-Sponsored by the Royal Netherlands Embassy, Washington, D.C.

April 3
Uwe Fleckner
Professor of Art History, Hamburg University
In conjunction with Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928-1945
* Reception in Kemper Art Museum

April 2

Assembly Series Lecture
Daniel Liebskind
Founder and principal, Studio Daniel Libeskind, New York
Supported by WUSTL Student Union

April 5
Stanley Saitowitz
Principal, Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects, San Francisco
Cannon Design Lecture for Excellence in Architecture and Engineering
Graduate Architecture Open House Lecture