New York-based artist and educator Pablo Helguera will present a lecture titled, “The Spaces of Socially Engaged Art,” Thursday, June 22, 2017, at 7 p.m., at the University of Hartford in the Harry Jack Gray Center’s Wilde Auditorium.The talk is free and open to the public and is part of Helguera’s guest artist visit to the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School, where he will work with students in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts annual summer residency.
Helguera is best know for his interdisciplinary form of artistic practice, and writing the definitive Education for Socially Engaged Art: A Materials and Techniques Handbook (2011). Working in installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, socially engaged art, and performance, he focuses on a variety of topics ranging from history, pedagogy, and sociolinguistics to ethnography, memory, and the absurd. His work has been exhibited at the MoMA in New York, Museo de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Royal College of Art in London, Shedhalle in Zurich, as well as at museums in Tokyo, Buenos Aries, and Mexico City.
As part of his visit, Helguera will work with the inaugural cohort of students in the Hartford Art School’s newest MFA program. This low-residency program is an accredited 26-month adventure in regenerative culture and radical creativity. Students work with faculty such as Amanda Carlson, Christy Gast, Amanda Lovelee, Mary Mattingly, Ernesto Pujol, Nico Weadon, Linda Weintraub, and Caroline Woolard. Visiting artists include John Bielenberg (Future Partners), Hope Ginsburg, Muriel Hasbun (laberinto projects), Pablo Helguera (MoMA), Emily Puthoff and Jen Woodin (Hudson Valley Bee Habitat), Seitu Jones, Allison Smith, Shanai Matteson and Colin Kloecker (Works Progress Studio), and Coleen Sheehey (Public Art Saint Paul).
The MFA in Interdisciplinary Art curriculum prepares artists for a life of engaged studio and civic practice and reflects the dynamic balance of production, inquiry, and cross-disciplinary collaborations in contemporary art, and the world at large. This summer, students are initiating a yearlong public art project with artist Mary Mattingly that will address the Park River. Beginning in 2018, the Interdisciplinary MFA program will contribute an annual public project to the city of Hartford.