Visual Voices Lecture Series

Every year, the Department of Art and Design brings to campus a roster of internationally renowned artists, designers, and critics through the Visual Voices Professional Lecture Series, who address the full spectrum of art disciplines. Visiting artists make a public presentation as well as lead workshops, visit classes, and meet with students in their studios.

Upcoming Lecture

Susan Snodgrass

Susan Snodgrass

Inside The Matrix: The Radical Designs of Ken Isaacs

  Thursday, October 21

 5 p.m.

  Horowitz Auditorium,
      Caterpillar Global Communications Center

Inside the Matrix: The Radical Designs of Ken Isaacs surveys the highly individual practice of American architect and designer Ken Isaacs, whose populist, DIY designs of the late 1950–70s challenged conventional architectural concepts in housing, as well as mainstream definitions of modernism. Isaacs (b. Peoria, 1927–2016) was an experimental architect, whose ecologically conscious designs made him an early progenitor to the green building and Tiny House movements. Susan Snodgrass will discuss Isaacs’s idea of the “matrix,” a three-dimensional grid system that formed the central concept and building component of all of his work, including his popular Living Structures, Microhouses, and Alpha Chambers. These three main bodies of work are the subject of her talk, which offers an overview of Isaacs’s innovative design practice while connecting it to other lineages of alternative architecture.

About The Author

Susan Snodgrass is a Chicago-based critic and editor. She is a 2018 recipient of a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her blog, In/Site: Reflections on the Art of Place, which explores art, architecture, and urbanism. She has written for both print and online publications for over thirty years, and is co-editor of ARTMargins Online, devoted to contemporary art on the global margins.