Town Friday - Hope Ginsburg & Pablo Helguera

Town Friday | August 7, 2015

The Intranscendentalist Symposium followed by the opening of Land Dive Team

Pablo Helguera, Mildred’s Lane summer fellows, Hope Ginsburg
Symposium at 5 p.m. with opening to follow

Join us for the unveiling of two artistic projects engaging landscape: Pablo Helguera’s performative symposium on “Intranscendentalist” art and Hope Ginsburg’s exhibition Land Dive Team. Artist and educator Pablo Helguera and the Mildred’s Lane summer fellows will present a performative body of research they have developed together exploring the “Intranscendentalists,” an obscure group of late-19th-Century pre-avant-garde thinkers and artists who created an (ultimately failed) artistic/philosophical movement to "kill the father" of Transcendentalism.

After this, join Hope Ginsburg for the opening of Land Dive Team. The exhibition features Breathing on Land, a new body of work that takes meditation with SCUBA gear as a starting point to refocus attention on our bodies, their contexts and implicitly the health of our atmosphere. Presenting images and documents of recent “land dives” in the desert of Qatar, a remediated wetland in Virginia, and at Mildred’s Lane, the exhibition presents the viewer with an absurd practice of hyper-mediation that evokes an ominous survivalist impulse in the face of environmental catastrophe.

This program is hosted as part of the session "Landscape Experience," organized by Experience Economies, the curatorial/event-based research duo of Gavin Kroeber and Rebecca Uchill. The session brings together artists, urbanists, writers, curators, historians, and other invited guests to address the entanglements of “landscape”: a knot of often-contradictory concepts, histories, and traditions, the word landscape implies both nature and culture, representation and direct experience, physical landmarks and the immaterial practices and ideologies that give shape and meaning to them. Town Friday and Social Saturday events during this session will open these ongoing discussions to a broader public. All are welcome.


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Experience Economies: Landscape Experience
Session Leaders
Gavin Kroeber and Rebecca Uchill

 
Experience Economies 2015 Fellows
Cari Freno | Independent/Virginia
Claire Haik | School of Visual Arts
Danielle A. Allinice | Independent/Washington
Eric M. Diehl | Virginia Commonwealth University
Jennifer Brook | Independent/New York
Katherine Bickmore | Independent/Hamilton College/New York
Michelle Kelly Rogers | Independent/Florida
Rachel L. Cohn | Virginia Commonwealth University
Rebecca Conroy | Independent/Australia
Ruth Patir | Columbia University
Vered Engelhard | Independent/Peru
Misha Wyllie | Virginia Commonwealth University


2015 Mildred Fellows 
Mariana Gutierrez | Ministry of Comfort

Isobel Rose Lister | Officer Of Complex(ity)
Cameron Klavsen | Resident Artist in Complex(ity)
Jaquel Theis | Land Steward 1
Juliet Dunn | Land Steward 2

Pablo Helguera (Mexico City, 1971) is a New York based artist working with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, socially engaged art and performance. Helguera’s work focuses in 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 performances and written fiction. Helguera has exhibited or performed at venues such as the Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; ICA Boston; RCA London; 8th Havana Biennal, PERFORMA 05, Havana; Shedhalle, Zurich; MoMA P.S.1, New York; Brooklyn Museum; IFA Galerie, Bonn; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo; MALBA museum in Buenos Aires, Ex-Teresa Espacio Alternativo in Mexico City, The Bronx Museum, Artist Space, and Sculpture Center, amongst many others. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, Artforum, The New York Times, ArtNews, amongst others. In 2008 he was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and also was the recipient of a 2005 Creative Capital Grant. In 2011 he was named winner of the International Award of Participatory Art of the Region Emilia-Romagna in Italy. He has also received the Franklin Furnace and Art Matters grants.

Hope Ginsburg makes project-based work that pivots around the production of live events and the images, objects and physical spaces that they generate. Her work has been exhibited at venues such as MoMA PS1, Kunst-Werke Berlin, Contemporary Art Center Vilnius, Wexner Center for the Arts, Baltimore Museum of Art and SculptureCenter. Ginsburg’s pedagogical project Sponge (2006–present) has been the focus of solo exhibitions in Richmond, VA and New York, NY and her Sponge HQ, sited at Virginia Commonwealth University will celebrate its fifth anniversary this August. In 2014, at a Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida, she began a new body of work entitled “Breathing on Land”, which takes meditating on land with scuba as a starting point for considering the health of our atmosphere. Hope Ginsburg is an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts.


This program is hosted as part of the session "Landscape Experience," organized by Experience Economies, the curatorial/event-based research duo of Gavin Kroeber and Rebecca Uchill. The session brings together artists, urbanists, writers, curators, historians, and other invited guests to address the entanglements of “landscape”: a knot of often-contradictory concepts, histories, and traditions, the word landscape implies both nature and culture, representation and direct experience, physical landmarks and the immaterial practices and ideologies that give shape and meaning to them. Town Friday and Social Saturday events during this session will open these ongoing discussions to a broader public. All are welcome.