2014 Gretchen Hupfel Symposium
ART: A Creative Debate
May 10, 5-9 pm
Wings Foundation Auditorium
Noted artist, and educator Pablo Helguera (Director of Adult and Academic Programs, Museum of Modern Art), with Gretchen Hupfel Curator Maiza Hixson will present a creative, provocative and performative debate that focuses on divergent definitions of socially engaged art and object-oriented art. Helguera treats the Symposium as an interactive medium, encouraging audience participation in a non-traditional debate structure. A reception with Helguera will follow.
In the 8th to the 9th century, in the Byzantine era, the Catholic church was convulsed by a series of legendary debates around the depiction of Christ. Iconoclasts objected under biblical terms to the depiction of lifeless images, invoking old testament commandments. The Iconoclast arguments bear an interesting resemblance around the debates currently taking shape surrounding the nature of the art object, and what happens when the object, and the "sacred" places that hold it, are altogether eliminated. Are we in a new iconoclast era where socially engaged art is threatening to disrupt the traditional hierarchies of physical objects in museums as the dominant pieces in the story of art? What are the relationships between religious worship of an icon and the intellectual worship of art objects? By reflecting on the debates and issues that emerged in the early Christian era, a group of scholars and critics will discuss the relevance to the contemporary moment in art practice.
Read Pablo Helguera's full bio here.