Pragmatics vs. Aesthetics in Socially Engaged Art led by Pablo Helguera

MORE ART 2016 Engaging Artists Residency | Workshops on Art + Housing Justice:

Pragmatics vs. Aesthetics in Socially Engaged Art
Led by Pablo Helguera

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
6:30 to 8:30pm

Engaging Artists is a residency and professional development program for artists seeking to develop their socially-engaged practice through partnerships with community organizations. In 2016, the cohort was focusing on issues of housing inequality in New York City. Each artist was working as an Artist-in-Residence and volunteer with organizations dedicated to housing advocacy, homeless services, and/or anti-displacement efforts in their respective communities.


Pablo Helguera (Mexico City, 1971) often draws improbable relationships between human histories, biographies, anecdotes and historical events, always bringing them all together in a cohesive whole and making all serve as a reflection on our current relationship with art as a society. Helguera often focuses on history, pedagogy, sociolinguistics and anthropology in formats such as lectures, museum displays, performance and written fiction. His project The School of Pan-American Unrest (2003-2011), an early example of pedagogically-focused socially engaged art, consisted in a nomadic think-tank, physically crossed the continent by car from Anchorage to Tierra del Fuego. He has exhibited widely internationally. He is the author of several other books including Education for Socially Engaged Art, (2011), a primer for social practice, The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary Art Style, Theatrum Anatomicum (and other performance lectures)What in the World, and Art Scenes: The Social Scripts of the Art World, a book on the sociology of contemporary art.

More Art is a NYC-based nonprofit that supports collaborations between contemporary artists and underrepresented communities to produce public art projects and educational programs that inspire social justice.