2021-2022 Lecture Series: "On Speculation"

On Speculation Lectures, 2021-2022

The History of Art and Architecture's lecture series, On Speculation, continues after a hiatus due to the pandemic. The first 2021 event in this series was The Anita Glass Memorial Lecture presented by Chika Okeke-Agulu on October 15, 2021. The series 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. 

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

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

March 10, 2022

Mabel O. Wilson, architect, designer, and Professor of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University will deliver the first annual Spear Lecture, hosted by the Department of Visual Art.

March 16 at 5:30 pm

Anna Arabindan-Kesson, art historian, writer, curator and Princeton University Assistant Professor of Black Diasporic Art, will discuss her first book: Black Bodies, White Gold: Art, Cotton, and Commerce in the Atlantic World.

Date, TBD, Spring, 2022

Morehshin Allahyari, an Iranian artist, activist, writer, and educator now living in the United States, will discuss technology as a philosophical toolset and a poetic medium to document our personal and collective lives and struggles in the 21st century.   

Date, TBD, Spring, 2022

Mpho Matsipa, educator, researcher, and curator at WiSER and the School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, will discuss her research as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard on Mobilities, Temporalities and African Political Futures

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



2019-2020 Lectures

Friday, October 11, 2019

Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, African and South Asian Architecture, Department of Architecture,  Barnard College

An associated forum presented with the Center for Contemporary South Asia will be held Friday, October 11 at 12:00 pm.*

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Mary Coffey, Modern Latin American Visual Culture, Department of Art History, Dartmouth College


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Sugata Ray, South and Southeast Asian Art, Department of the History of Art, University of California Berkeley**

An associated forum presented with the Center for Contemporary South Asia will be held Wednesday, January 29 at 9 am.*

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Anne Dunlop, Italy and Mongol Eurasia, Fine Arts, Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne

Professor Dunlop will also present an Italian Studies Colloquia on February 21 at noon, at 190 Hope Street, room 102. 

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

We are honored to announce The Anita Glass Memorial Lecture will be given by Chika Okeke-Agulu, African and African Diaspora Art History and Theory, Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University


Thursday, April 9 (postponed until 2021)

Wei-Cheng Lin, Chinese Art & Architecture, Department of Art History, University of Chicago


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

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