Penny Stamps Speaker Series

Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Speaker Series brings respected innovators from a broad spectrum of fields to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public.

Lauren Bon

Lauren Bon

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Based in Los Angeles, Lauren Bon is an artist who works with architecture, performance, photography, sound, and farming to create urban, public, and land art projects to galvanize social and political transformation. These “devices of wonder,” as she describes her work, are produced from her creative practice space, Metabolic Studio. With a heart for self-sustaining and self-diversifying systems, Bon seeks to inspire and uncover ways of regeneration over co

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Marilyn Minter

Marilyn Minter

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Appropriating the aesthetics of fashion editorials and advertising, New York-based Marilyn Minter’s photorealist paintings examine banal realities, such as frozen peas or kitchen floors, often relegated to a hyper-feminized realm in popular culture and marketing, as well as contemporary notions of beauty and sensuality. Adding sweat, spit, hair, and dirt to the high-gloss veneer of advertising campaigns, Minter juxtaposes in-your-face beauty with the down-and

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Joe Caslin

Joe Caslin

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Designboom Magazine has Described the work of Joe Caslin as “towering works of art [that] appear like massive sketch books across the architecture of Ireland’s cities.” Caslin is the recipient of the 2013 Association of Illustrators award for New Talent in Public Realm Illustration. He creates highly accessible work that engages directly with the social issues of modern Ireland. Caslin confronts the subjects of suicide, drug addiction, economic marginaliz

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Marina Willer

Marina Willer

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Marina Willer is a graphic designer and filmmaker responsible for ground-breaking brand identities such as Tate, Serpentine, Oxfam, Amnesty International, and Battersea. Before joining the design studio Pentagram as a partner, she was head creative director for Wolff Olins in London. Willer has constantly expanded her approach to graphic design to include moving image, exhibition, and experiential design. She released her first feature film Red Trees at Cannes

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Red Trees

Red Trees

Plays Thursday, November 7 at 7:30PM at the Michigan!

Award-winning filmmaker, Marina Willer, creates an impressionistic visual essay as she traces her father’s family journey as one of only twelve Jewish families to survive the Nazi occupation of Prague during World War II. Photographed by Academy Award® nominee Ce´sar Charlone (City of God), the film travels from war-torn Eastern Europe to the color and light of South America and is told through the voice of Willer’s father Alfred (as narrated by Tim Pi

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Suzanne Lacy

Suzanne Lacy

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Los Angeles-based artist Suzanne Lacy is internationally renowned as a pioneer in the field of socially engaged and public art. Her work incorporates the visions and voices of scores of people, in a practice that recognizes the essential collaborations involved in creativity. Her installations, videos, and performances have dealt with issues of sexual violence, rural and urban poverty, incarceration, gender identity, labor, and aging. Working collaboratively wi

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Edel Rodriguez

Edel Rodriguez

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Edel Rodriguez is a Cuban American artist who is inspired by personal history, religious rituals, politics, memory, and nostalgia, his bold, figurative works are an examination of identity, mortality, and cultural displacement. Socialist propaganda and western advertising, island culture and contemporary city life are all aspects of his life that continue to inform his work. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times Op Ed page and The New Yorker. He has

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