The Woodward Lecture Series: 100+ public lectures and counting… from 1998 – 2022

Since 1998, The CCS Woodward Lecture Series has remained one of Southeast Michigan’s most prominent visiting speaker series, attracting over 100 renowned artists, critics and scholars to Detroit. It’s an invaluable resource for CCS students and the public alike, and central to CCS’s interdisciplinary curriculum. In addition to public lectures, Woodward Lecturers directly engage with CCS students through critiques and roundtable discussions, fostering a greater understanding of and appreciation for contemporary art and culture. The Series is made possible by a generous endowment gift from an anonymous donor.

Upcoming Lectures

Mario Moore
Wednesday, February 22
6 p.m.

Olayami Dabls
Wednesday, April 5
6 p.m.



Past Lectures, 1998 to present:

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, Carolee Schneemann, Carlo McCormick, John Torreano, Joyce Tenneson, Carrie Mae Weems, Franklin Sirmans, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Bruce Davidson, David Ebony, Toots Zynsky, Vito Acconci, Alex Katz, Lynda Benglis, Albert Paley, Rackstraw Downes, Juan Coronel Rivera, Klaus Kertess, Lynne Cooke, Michael Rush, Dana Schutz, Richard Tuttle, Paul Pfeiffer, Ann Wolff, Andrei Codrescu, Stan Douglas, Orly Genger, Tyler Green, Anne Pasternak, Joe Zucker, Mira Schor, Polly Apfelbaum, Eric Fischl, Andres Serrano, John Chamberlain, Roberta Smith, Anne Waldman, Ed Ruscha, April Gornik, Katharina Grosse, Joan Semmel, Charles McGee, Nicole Eisenman, Jerry Saltz, Leon Johnson, Elizabeth Dee, Mark Dion, Andrea Zittel, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Terry Smith, Linda Yablonsky, Ryan Trecartin, Nancy Mitchnick, Jennifer Rubell, Jens Hoffmann, Ross Bleckner, Laura Kuhn, Marilyn Minter, Rashaad Newsome, Lucy Lippard, Sue de Beer, Michelle Grabner & Kevin Beasley, Five for One: Jennifer Dalton, Alex Gingrow, Cynthia Greig, Laurina Paperina & Scott Reeder, Joseph Bernard, Hayden Herrera, Art + Words: Anselm Berrigan, Andrei Codrescu, Lynn Crawford, Rebecca Mazzei & John Yau, Dana Whabira, Claire Bishop, Doug Aitken, Holland Cotter, Ryan McNamara, John Sims, Lesley Dill, The Shoetopia! Future of Footwear Panel, Willie Cole, Juliana Huxtable, Jim Shaw, Brian Boucher, Kara Walker, Catherine Opie, Thomas Demand, Flavin Judd…

More Information

For additional information, please call 313.664.7800.

  • 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.