The Arlington Heights Suite
(A staged reading)
Social Saturday, July 22, 2017
The Arlington Heights Suite is a series of collages started by artist Pablo Helguera in 2007, using found text and textbook images. Now reaching more than a thousand works, this is one of his most extensive ongoing projects. “The Arlington Heights suite is like a very long lecture or dialogue”, Helguera writes, “similar to an inner monologue that one is having in a dream. Only recently l thought that a logical and eventual outcome of these series would be a play. These are the first steps toward piecing it together, with the hopes that this long configuration of images and words might yield new meanings.” Pablo Helguera will conduct a staged reading of “The Arlington Heights Suite” with performers Brian Linden and Candace Thompson, along with special guests from Mildred’s Lane.
Pablo Helguera (Mexico City, 1971) is a visual artist living in New York. His work involves performance, drawing, installation, theater and other literary strategies. He is often considered a pioneering figure in the field of socially engaged art. His work has been featured at many international biennials including Manifesta, Havana and Liverpool Biennial, and Performa. He has received the Guggenheim and Creative Capital Fellowships as well as the first International Award of Participatory Art in Bologna, Italy. His current projects include a two-person exhibition with artist Suzanne Lacy at the UC Santa Barbara Museum and the 8th Floor in NYC and a mid-career survey of his work at the Jumex Museum in Mexico City. He is the author of many books including Education for Socially Engaged Art (2011) and The Parable Conference (2014).
Candace Thompson is a performer and interdisciplinary media maker fascinated with the feedback loops generated by place, culture, identity, climate, economics, and daily human interaction. She makes video, audio, web projects, and ritualistic installations– both IRL and online—that examine and challenge the truths we purportedly hold to be self-evident. Perhaps they aren’t so self-evident after all. She has performed in Pablo Helguera's The Juvenal Players, On the Future of Art, and The Parable Conference.
Brian Linden is happy to visit Mildred’s Lane and collaborate with Pablo and Candace again after their work together in The Parable Conference at BAM, The Juvenal Players at The Kitchen, On the Future of Art at the Guggenheim Museum, and The Arlington Heights Suite at the Hunter Easter Harlem Gallery. He is an actor based in New York City and has appeared onstage there and in San Francisco and London and at Shakespeare festivals in Idaho, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska. He is a member of Burning Coal Theatre Company. He portrayed a fallen Trump Tower on Conan. He loves Victoria.
Rosemary Liss is a chef and artist from Baltimore, MD. She has a Bachelor's in Studio Art from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, but her work has grown increasingly comestible after two years working for a fermentation company and a summer interning at the Nordic Food Lab in Copenhagen. Rosemary spent the spent the last year looking for grounding in other places: making sauerkraut in a container city, cooking soft dinners and catching wild Alaskan salmon. Her practice unfolds each day as she continues to reevaluate what it means to be in her body. Sometimes this recalibration takes the form of deep breathing, a tea infusion, a painting or a meal. No matter the physical manifestation, the resulting experience provides a feeling of autonomy and the hope that self-care really does ripple outwards to alleviate the constant flux between chaos and stagnation.
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5:00 Tour(by reservation only)
6:00 Swarming around spirits
7:30 Digestion Choreography: Rosemary Liss
Pablo Helguera Collage;
Oh if I could have a whole century