Woodward Lecture Series

Upcoming Lectures - Fall 2015

Lectures takes place in the Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium inside the Walter B. Ford II Building, CCS

WLS HerreraThursday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m.
Hayden Herrera

Hayden Herrera, award-winning biographer, comes to CCS to talk about her Pulitzer-nominated book on the Armenian-American painter Arshile Gorky, who fled the Armenian Genocide and became a crucial creative link between European modernism and American abstract expressionism.


Thursday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m.
Art & Words

Major American writers address the ways in which writers respond to art in non-traditional formats such as poetry and prose. Panelists include: Anselm Berrgian, Andrei Codrescu, Lynn Crawford and John Yau. Moderated by Rebecca Mazzei.  



The Woodward Lecture Series is made possible by a generous endowment gift from an anonymous donor.

All lectures are free, open to the public.  Seating and parking are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

More Information

For additional information, please call 313.664.7800.


Marilyn Minter
Jennifer Rubell
Jens Hoffmann
Ross Bleckner
Laura Kuhn
Robert Irwin
Faith Ringgold
Richard Hunt
Michael Lucero
Dale Chihuly
Marshall Arisman
Thomas Nozkowski
Larry Fink
Forrest Myers
Dennis Oppenheim
Daniel Kelm
Petah Coyne
Larry Bell
Kristen Jones & Andrew Ginzel
Peter Schjeldahl
Steina Vasulka
Emmet Gowin
Elizabeth Murray
Brenda Goodman
Duane Michals
Leonardo Drew
Dawoud Bey
Michael Kimmelman
James Bassler
Mary Ellen Mark
Rick Kaufmann
Tom Sachs
Michele Oka Doner
Tony Hepburn
Marjorie Welish
Rudy Gutierrez
Martha Wilson
Carlo McCormick
John Terreano
Joyce Tennyson
Carrie Mae Weems
Franklin Sirmans
Guillermo Gomez-Pena
Lucy Lippard
Rashaad Newsome

Bruce Davidson
David Ebony
Toots Zynsky
Vito Acconci
Alex KatzLynda Benglis
Albert Paley
Rackstraw Downes
Juan Coronel Rivera
Klaus Kertess
Lynne Cooke
Michael Rush
Dana Schutz
Richard Tuttle
Paul Pfeiffer
Ann Wolf
Andrei Codrescu
Stan Douglas
Orly Genger
Tyler Green
Anne Pasternack
Joe Zucker
Mira Shor
Polly Apfelbaum
Eric Fischl
Andres Serrano
John Chamberlain
Roberta Smith
Anne Waldman
Ed Ruscha
April Gornick
Katharina Grosse
Joan Semmel
Charles McGee
Nicole Eisenman
Jerry Saltz
Leon Johnson
Elizabeth Dee
Mark Dion
Andrea Zittel
The Bruce High Quality Foundation
Terry Smith
Linda Yablonsky
Ryan Trecartin
Nancy Mitchnick
Michelle Grabner
Kevin Beasley
Jennifer Dalton
Alex Gingrow
Cynthia Greig
Laurina Paperina
Scott Reeder



Since 1998, the CCS Woodward Lecture Series has remained one of the most high-profile visiting artist programs in southeastern Michigan.  Each year, the Series brings distinguished artists, critics, curators and scholars to the CCS campus to lecture on their work or fields of interest, and to engage CCS students in extracurricular activities such as critiques, workshops, demonstrations, tours and studio visits. The Woodward Lecture Series’ notable visitors are recognized for their innovative, rigorous and culturally diverse work, and it remains CCS’ goal for the Series to create a broad, continuing dialogue around contemporary art practice and interpretation. 

Some of the internationally celebrated artists and scholars who have visited CCS include artists John Chamberlain, Ed Ruscha, Elizabeth Murray and Ryan Trecartin, critics Roberta Smith, Michael Kimmelman and Peter Schjeldahl, and curators Klaus Kertess, Lynne Cooke and Anne Pasternak.

  • All lectures are free and open to the public.
  • Seating and parking are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Free parking available in the CCS Parking Structure, located on Brush Street, just north of Frederick Douglass.

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