2021-2022 Lecture Series: "On Speculation"

On Speculation, 2021-2022

The History of Art and Architecture's lecture series, On Speculation, continues after a hiatus due to the pandemic. The series resumes with the Anita Glass Memorial Lecture, presented by Chika Okeke-Agulu (Princeton University) and entitled, "El Anatsui's Metamorphic Objects." On Speculation continues throughout the academic year with scholars and artists who have been invited by the Department to provoke new questions about and imagine visionary new approaches to, historical and contemporary art objects and architectures. The invited speakers span geographies and cultures from around the world, as well as ranging from the medieval to our present time period. They will help us conceive of and understand visible changes in our world – in climate, the migrations of people, colonization, the loss and gain of goods, methods of exoticism and exchange, and more. 

October 15, 2021 at 5:30 pm in List Art Center 120 (with livestream)

Chika Okeke-Agulu, poet, curator, blogger, and Professor of African and African Diaspora Art at Princeton University, presents the Anita Glass Memorial Lecture, "El Anatsui's Metamorphic Objects."

November 3, 2021 at 5:30 pm in List Art Center 110

Stephanie Z. Pilat, architectural historian, Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor, and Director of the Division of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma, speaks on “The Afterlife of Fascist Architecture and Urbanism.” 

February 23, 2022 at 1:00 pm on Zoom 

Morehshin Allahyari, Iranian writer, activist, and new media artist, uses her research-based art projects to discuss archival methodologies, Digital Colonialism, and historical re-figurations in her talk, "The Needed Worlds." 

March 10, 2022 at 5:30 in List Art Center 120

Mabel O. Wilson, architect, curator, and Professor of Architecture and Black Studies at Columbia University delivers the first annual Spear Lecture, "Can We Forget? A Memorial to Enslaved Laborers," co-hosted by the Department of Visual Art. 

April 6 at 5:30 pm in Petteruti Lounge

Mpho Matsipa, educator, researcher, and curator at WiSER and the School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, discusses her research on "Black Time and African Spatialities" as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University. 

April 13 at 5:30 pm in Friedman Hall 102

Anna Arabindan-Kesson, art historian, writer, curator, and Princeton University Assistant Professor of Black Diasporic Art, examines the visual relationship between the cotton trade and the representation of the Black body in American culture in her talk, "Black Bodies, White Gold: Visualizing Value, Materializing Race in the Atlantic World."

The series is sponsored by The Department of the History of Art and Architecture’s Margerie Cutler, Kenneth List funds, The Anita Glass Memorial Lecture Fund, and the Marshall Woods Lectureships Foundation of Fine Arts.


On Speculation, 2019-2020

Johannes Hevelius, Selenographia : sive, Lunae descriptio, Gdansk, Typis Hünefeldianis, 1647. Courtesy of the John Hay Library, Brown University.


October 11, 2019 in List 110

Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi (Barnard College) presents, "Architectural Remnants of Land and Emergency." The Center for Contemporary South Asia holds an associated forum* on October 11 at noon. 

November 19, 2019 in List 110

Mary Coffey (Dartmouth College) presents, "White Zombies and Black Labor: Specters of Slavery and Rebellion in José Clemente Orozco's The Epic of American Civilization." 

January 28, 2020 in List 110

Sugata Ray (University of California, Berkeley) presents, "With the 'Globe' of a Turkey: Visualizing Human-Animal Relations in the Indian Ocean World." The Center for Contemporary South Asia holds an associated forum* on January 29 at 9:00 am.

February 20, 2020 in List 110

Anne Dunlop (University of Melbourne) presents, "Shimmer and Surfeit: Gold from Gothic Italy to Cattelan's America." Professor Dunlop also presents an Italian Studies Colloquium on February 21 at noon (190 Hope Street, room 102). 

March 19, 2020 (postponed until October 15, 2021)

Chika Okeke-Agulu (Princeton University) delivers the Anita Glass Memorial Lecture, "El Anatsui's Metamorphic Objects." 

April 9, 2020 (cancelled)

Wei-Cheng Lin (University of Chicago) presents, "Building for (Im)permanence in the History of China's Timber-Frame Architecture."


*For more information, visit the Art History from the South web page.