Mindy Fullilove on community ‘root shock’

PXSTL lecture will launch Sam Fox School’s Public Lecture Series Sept. 14

Public artist Lisa Anne Auerbach will speak for the Sam Fox School Oct. 2, during her residency with Island Press. Pictured is a 2017 project for the Baden Baden Kunsthalle in Germany. (Photo: Courtesy of the artist)

How does environment impact mental health? How does stress affect one’s emotional ecosystem? And how do interpersonal ties and cultural capital help maintain collective connections?

Mindy Fullilove. (Photo: Ryan Lash)

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, psychiatrist and urban policy expert Mindy Fullilove will discuss her concept of “root shock” — which can follow war, natural disaster or the slower-moving displacements that accompany gentrification — in a talk that will launch this fall’s free Public Lecture Series at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

The talk by Fullilove, a professor at The New School, is presented in conjunction with the PXSTL project  “A Way, Away (Listen While I Say),” the first joint commission by Chicago-based artists Amanda Williams and Andres L. Hernandez. Established in 2013, PXSTL is jointly sponsored by the Sam Fox School and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation to explore how small-scale creative interventions might serve as catalysts for urban transformation.

In all, the Public Lecture Series will feature 11 presentations by nationally and internationally known artists, architects, curators and designers. Events will continue Sept. 15 with Kathryn Ewing, the workstream leader of planning and design for informal settlements at Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood Development (SUN) in Cape Town, South Africa; followed on Sept. 18 by Sam Fox School architectural alumnus Bijoy Jain, founder of Studio Mumbai.

Other lectures will include artists Lisa Anne Auerbach (Oct. 2) and Candy Chang (Oct. 9); curator Michael Roth of The Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin (Nov. 8); and architect Lorcan O’Herlihy (Nov. 15).

All talks are free and open to the public and begin at 6:30 p.m. in Steinberg Hall Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. 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 Givens Hall and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. Parking on the Danforth Campus is limited due to construction; please click here for details. For more information, call 314-935-9300 or visit samfoxschool.wustl.edu.

Bijoy Jain, founder of Studio Mumbai, will speak Sept. 18. Pictured is Tara House, high water, Kashid, Maharashtra. (Photo: © SMA.)

Fall 2017 speakers

Sept. 14
Mindy Fullilove

Professor of urban policy and health, The New School
PXSTL Lecture
Co-sponsored by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and by the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis, as part of the Grand Challenges for Social Work.

* 7 p.m. at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington Blvd.

Sept. 15
Kathryn Ewing

Workstream leader of planning and design: Informal settlements
Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood Development, Cape Town, South Africa
Informal Cities Workshop Kickoff Lecture

Sept. 18
Bijoy Jain

Founder, Studio Mumbai
Harris Armstrong Fund Lecture

Sept. 25
Brian MacKay-Lyons

Partner, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
AIA St. Louis Scholarship Fund Lecture

Oct. 2
Lisa Anne Auerbach

Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist

Candy Chang, installation view, “Before I Die,” Brooklyn, N.Y. (Photo: Shake Shack)

Oct 9
Candy Chang

Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Visiting Artist Lecture

Oct. 23
Peter Rose
Principal, Peter Rose + Partners
Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor Lecture

Oct. 25
Xavier Vendrell
Professor and acting director, Rural Studio, Auburn University
Eugene J. Mackey Jr. Lecture

Nov. 8
Michael Roth

Curator, The Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin
Reception 6 p.m. in the Kemper Art Museum
In conjunction with “Renaissance and Baroque Prints: Investigating the Collection.”

Nov. 15
Lorcan O’Herlihy
Founder and principal, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
Abend Family Lecture

Nov. 30
Ellen Blumenstein
Curator, HafenCity Hamburg
Reception 6 p.m. in the Kemper Art Museum
In conjunction with “Kader Attia: Reason’s Oxymorons.”

Enough House, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects. (Photo: James Brittain)
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