Visiting Artists, Scholars and Designers

Photo: Hito Steyerl, How Not to Be Seen: A F--king Didactic Educational .MOV File (2013), Still, HD video, single screen in architectural environment. Image CC 4.0 Hito Steyerl. Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, and Esther Schipper, Berlin/Paris/Seoul.

Hito Steyerl Selected as 2023 Wolgin Visiting Artist and Lecturer

Hito Steyerl is a German filmmaker, moving image artist, writer, and innovator of the essay documentary. Her work primarily focuses on media, technology, and the global circulation of images. She holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and currently serves as a professor of New Media Art at the Berlin University of the Arts. In 2017, Steyerl was listed as the most influential person in the contemporary art world, according to ArtReview. Her work, typically film, has been exhibited at the Shanghai Biennale, the Venice Biennale, and the Istanbul Biennale.  

Join us on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at Rock Hall Auditorium, Rock Hall, 1715 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia for Steyerl's lecture. 

Registration is Required to attend in-person or view the livestream.

Critical Dialogues and AED Presents

This fall 2023, the Critical Dialogue Series and AED Presents offer a diverse lineup of practicing artists, faculty, designers and arts professionals to speak, including:

  • Maren Hassinger, multimedia artist whose expansive practice articulates the relationship between nature and humanity
  • Isaac Tin Wei Lin, contemporary artist whose work spans painting, screen-printing, collage, and installation
  • Lauren Kalman, Detroit-based visual artist whose practice is rooted in contemporary craft, sculpture, video, photography and performance
  • Kazi Ashraf, Bangladeshi architect, urbanist and architectural historian
  • Eric Oskey, AIA, Partner and Technical Director, MOTO Design
  • Digsau Architects, with Principals Mark Sanderson and Jamie Unkefer

Visit Tyler's Calendar of Events for more information.

About Our Annual Lecture Series 

Each year, the Tyler School of Art and Architecture welcomes scores of artists, scholars, architects, designers and professionals from the top of their fields. These inspiring individuals connect with students through lectures, readings and demonstrations to encourage further collaboration and excellence both within the Tyler community and the broader public.

Critical Dialogues brings leading practitioners, scholars, curators and other arts professionals to discuss current issues in art and design. Over the last two decades, the program has featured hundreds of speakers.

Architecture and Environmental Design (AED) Presents is a combined series of architecture, landscape architecture and city planning lectures.

The Laurie Wagman Visiting Artist and Artist-in-Residence Series, presented by our Glass program, reflects Tyler's emphasis on interdisciplinarity as a school that marries research with practice. Artists bring their diverse backgrounds, experience, and expertise to the studio—from traditional, to innovative, to experimental—and speak to students, offer demonstrations, and stimulate exchanges of new ideas.

The Jack Wolgin Annual Visiting Artist and Lecturer is an endowed visiting artist program that brings one of the nation's most influential artists and thinkers to campus to work with Tyler students and present a free public lecture each year. Previous Wolgin artists include:

  • Jennie C. Jones, 2022 — an interdisciplinary artist whose works feature architectural felt and acoustic panels
  • Cecilia Vicuña, 2020 — a poet, artist, filmmaker, and activist who addresses ecological destruction, human rights, and cultural homogenization
  • Nick Cave, 2019 — a fabric sculptor, dancer, and performance artist who creates large-scale installations and live performance pieces
  • Rick Lowe, 2018 — a visual artist and community organizer with a focus in social-practice art
  • LaToya Ruby Frazier, 2017 — a visual artist and photographer who teaches at the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Judy Pfaff, 2016 — an installation and sculpture artist, often cited as the medium's "pioneer"

The Jackson Lecture in Byzantine Art, generously sponsored by Lynn Jackson and hosted by the Art History Department, is an annual event connecting the Tyler community to cutting-edge research on visual and material culture of the medieval Mediterranean. Previous Jackson Lecture scholars include:  

  • Dr. Andrea Achi (Metropolitan Museum of Art): “Byzantium and Africa (4th—15th centuries CE)” 
  • Dr. Roland Betancourt (University of California, Irvine): “The Ethiopian Eunuch: Gender and Racialization in Byzantium” 
  • Dr. Ivan Drpić (University of Pennsylvania): “Byzantine Pectorals: Piety and Poetry” 
  • Dr. Michael W. Cothren (Swarthmore College): “Surveying Islamic and Gothic Art and Architecture: Reflections of a Textbook Author” 
  • Dr. Andrea Olsen Lam (Biola University): “The Expectant Icon: Transformation and Ritual in Byzantium” 
  • Dr. Amy Papalexandrou (Stockton University): “Listening In: Soundways and Sonic Spaces of the Byzantines”