Artist, critic and art historian James Elkins presents a lecture titled, “How to Use Your Eyes and How Some Animals Use Them” Monday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in King Hall Auditorium on the MSUM campus. Elkins’ lecture is part of The School of Visual Arts colloquium lecture series.

Elkins teaches in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After obtaining his graduate degree in painting, Elkins completed his PhD in Art History in 1989 at the University of Chicago. His writing focuses on the history and theory of images in art, science, and nature. Some of his books are exclusively on fine art (What Painting Is, Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles?). Others include scientific and non-art images, writing systems, and archaeology (The Domain of Images, On Pictures and the Words That Fail Them), and some are about natural history (How to Use Your Eyes). His most recent books include What Photography Is, a work of experimental non-fiction written against Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida, and Art Critiques: A Guide.

The event is free and open to the public. King Hall Auditorium is off 9th Avenue South between Owens Hall and the Roland Dille Center for the Arts on the southwest side of the MSUM campus.

For more information about this lecture and additional events in connection with his visit, please contact Anna S. Arnar, at or 218-477-4631.