Artist Talk: Pablo Helguera, 2016
Pablo Helguera, an interdisciplinary artist working with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, socially engaged art and performance, gave an artist talk at the Art+Education Program this spring. Helguera’s work focuses on a variety of topics ranging from history, pedagogy, sociolinguistics, ethnography, memory and the absurd, in formats that are widely varied including the lecture, museum display strategies, musical and theatrical performances, and written fiction. His The School of Panamerican Unrest, a nomadic think-tank that physically crossed the continent by car from Anchorage, Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, best exemplifies the intersection between his teaching and art practice. Covering almost 20,000 miles, it is considered one of the most extensive public art projects on record and a pioneering example of socially engaged art.