Sculptor Paul Ramirez Jonas will present a lecture entitled “Public Trust,” Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 2:30 p.m., at the University of Hartford in the Harry Jack Gray Center’s Wilde Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public and is part of Jonas’ guest artist visit to the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School, made possible by The Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund of the Hartford Art School Endowment, Inc. Auerbach Lecture artists are brought to campus twice each semester for one to two days, and during that time they deliver public lectures and spend time in the studios critiquing student work.
Since the 1990s, Jonas has sought to challenge the relationship between artist, viewer, and artwork. Many of his projects invite viewer participation. In his most recent public work, Public Trust, he asked participants to examine the value of their word by declaring promises and recording them in drawings consistent with their beliefs. Jonas thinks of his works as monuments rather than sculptures–communicating collective ideals, histories, and dreams rather than the individual expression of the artist.
His solo exhibitions include The New Museum, New York City; Pinacoteca do Estado, Sao Paulo, Brazil; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Conn.; The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas; and a survey at Ikon Gallery and Cornerhouse (both in the United Kingdom). Jonas has participated in the 1st Johannesburg Biennale; the 1st Seoul Biennial; the 6th Shanghai Biennial; the 28th Sao Paulo Biennial; the 53rd Venice Biennial; and the 7th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. In 2010, Creative Time presented his “Key to the City” project in cooperation with the City of New York. In 2016, his “Public Trust” project was presented by Now & There in Boston, Mass. The Contemporary Art Museum Houston presented a 25-year survey of his work in 2017. Jonas is currently an associate professor at Hunter College, City University of New York.
For more information, contact Karen DeGrace, executive assistant to the dean of the Hartford Art School, at 860.768.4392, or firstname.lastname@example.org.