Conceived by Pablo Helguera
Assistant Director Sarah Hughes
Guggenheim Museum, May 2014
With Melissa Chambers, Stuart Green, Pablo Helguera, Brian Linden, Equiano Mosieri, Richard Saudek, Corey Tazmania, and Candace Thompson
In the 1980s, Mexican-American performance artist Pablo Helguera encountered a book entitled “Sobre el futuro del arte” that inspired his pursuit of contemporary art. Many years later, while working at the Guggenheim Museum, Helguera found the book's original English version, “On the Future of Art” and realized that it was a transcription of a 1969 lecture series organized by former Guggenheim curator Edward Fry. In On the Future of Art, Helguera reprises this series for a live audience and interweaves the original dialogues with other stories, including the life of Guggenheim archivist Ward Jackson and his investigation into the Guggenheim brothers’ Chuquicamata mine in Chile. The result is an exploration of coincidence, circularity and the effects of place, time, and personal experience on ideas about art.
On the Future of Art was presented at the Guggenheim Museum in May 2014 as part of the exhibition Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today. The piece was subsequently recreated as an installation and a published text.
Photos by Paula Court.