Community Outreach & Engagement

The Woodward Lecture Series: 100 public lectures and counting... from 1998 - 2016

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

Willie Cole
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Willie Cole, sculptor and printmaker

Thursday, November 16, 6:30 p.m.
Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium
Walter B. Ford II Building, CCS Ford Campus

Contemporary artist Willie Cole transforms ordinary domestic objects such as shoes, bicycle parts, irons, and lawn jockeys into powerful works of art, embedded with references to the African American experience and inspired by West African religion, mythology, and culture.  Cole attended Boston University School of Fine Arts and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York. His work is in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.  He is represented by Alexander and Bonin Gallery.

Willie Cole's appearance is presented in conjunction with "Shoetopia!," an exhibition on the art and design of shoes on view in the Valade Family Gallery, A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, CCS through December 16.

Juliana Huxtable, DJ, performance artist and writer

Thursday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Free

Location: Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), 4454 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI  48201

This lecture event is a co-production of MOCAD and the CCS Woodward Lecture Series

Join Sonic Rebellion: Music as Resistance artist Juliana Huxtable for a lecture about her practice. She attended Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where she studied art, gender studies, and human rights. In her work, Huxtable explores the intersections of race, gender, queerness, and identity. She uses a diverse set of means to engage these issues, including self-portraiture, text-based prints, performance, nightlife, music, writing, and social media.

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.

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