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

Jim Shaw

Jim Shaw, Multimedia Artist

Thursday, February 22, 6:30 p.m.
Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium
Walter B. Ford II Building, CCS

One of the most inimitable artists of the last three decades, Jim Shaw descends upon and makes use of dystopic, suburban American motifs, cult ideologies, counterculture iconography, and an unrestricted range of material from the ever-evolving cultural scene. Raised in suburban Michigan before relocating to Los Angeles, Shaw’s work enunciates the nuances of American life, consumer malaise, and religious zeal with theater sets and backdrops, banners and posters, drawing, painting, ephemera, found paintings and performance.


Future Lectures

Brian Boucher, Art Critic and Journalist

Thursday, March 29, 6:30 p.m.
Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium, Walter B. Ford II Building, CCS

Kara Walker, Artist

Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
GM Auditorium, Taubman Center, CCS

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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