CCS Woodward Lecture Series 10th Anniversary Season

CCS Woodward Lecture Series 10th Anniversary Season

The College for Creative Studies’ Woodward Lecture Series is continuing its 10thAnniversary Season with events featuring world renowned artists and critics. The Woodward Lecture Series, a dynamic forum for bringing renowned artists to the College for public lectures and learning sessions, was established through a generous endowment by an anonymous donor in 1998. 

The spring season begins with acclaimed art critic and popular lecturer on contemporary art Roberta Smith, on Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. Smith is senior art critic for The New York Times, where she began writing in 1986, and has also served as art critic for The Village Voice, Arts, Artforum, Art in America, Newsweek, and Vogue.  Smith has written numerous essays for catalogues and monographs on contemporary artists, and, in the mid to late 1960s, she was an assistant to the artist Donald Judd and wrote the featured essay in the Judd catalogue raisonné published by the National Gallery of Canada in 1975.  In 2003, the College Art Association honored Smith with the prestigious Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism.

 On Thursday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m., Anne Waldman, internationally known poet, performer, and professor will lecture. Waldman has strong personal links to the New York School, the Beat Literary Movement and the experimental strands of the New American Poetry. Waldman’s collaborations with visual artists are legendary, and she will discuss this convergence of minds in a talk entitled “THIRD EYE/MIND,” covering her projects with artists Joe Brainard, George Schneeman, Susan Rothenberg, Richard Tuttle, Donna Dennis and Pat Steir. She is a Distinguished Professor of Poetics at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, a program she co-founded with poet Allen Ginsberg in 1974. Waldman is also the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and is a winner of The Shelley Memorial Award for poetry. 

The season concludes with one of the most consistently inventive artists of the contemporary period Ed Ruscha on Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. Ruscha has been a pioneer in the use of language and imagery drawn from the popular media. A painter, printmaker, and filmmaker, the Los Angeles-based Ruscha studied at the Chouinard Art Institute from 1956 through 1960. By the early sixties he was well known for his paintings, collages, and printmaking, and for his association with the Ferus Gallery group, which also included artists Robert Irwin, Edward Moses, Ken Price, and Edward Kienholz. He later achieved recognition for his now iconic textual paintings and photographic books, all influenced by the deadpan irreverence of Pop Art, and combining the cityscape of his adopted hometown with vernacular language to communicate a particular urban experience.  Ruscha has been the subject of numerous museum retrospectives that have traveled internationally, with a major retrospective of his work opening at the Hayward Gallery in London later this year.

All lectures are held in the Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium in the Walter B. Ford II Building on the College for Creative Studies campus. Seating and Parking are both handled on a first come, first serve basis with parking available in the CCS parking structure as well as on surface streets near campus.  For more information visit  or contact Beth Marmarelli at 313-664-7667 or email