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. 

The Iconoclast Arguments: A Byzantine Discussion

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.

Discussion Panelists:

Joseph Gonzales - Director of the University of the Arts' Museum Communication program in Philadelphia
Malza Hixson - DCCA Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art
John Muse - Visiting Assistant Professor of Independent College Programs at Haverford College

DCCA Member: $35
Non-Member: $40
Student: $15
For more information or to register by phone please contact Curator of Education Sarah Ware @ 302-656-6466 x7101, or sware@thedcca.org.