Guggenheim Forum: Four Experts Discuss Experimental Approaches to Community

Guggenheim Forum

What is community? This week, an online panel moderated by artist, writer, and organizer Daniel Tucker explores historical and contemporary definitions and manifestations of community, and investigates the creation of utopian and other experimental models. Novelist Lauren Groff, artist and writer Pablo Helguera, and sociologist Stevphen Shukaitis join Tucker to discuss what new creative ways of organizing ourselves as groups have arisen, and might arise in the future. How has the Internet reshaped existing communities and generated new ones, and what roles do exclusivity and withdrawal play in communities that are normally characterized by participation and collaboration?

The discussion unfolds over one week as part of the Guggenheim Forum, the museum’s ongoing series of moderated online discussions catalyzing intelligent conversation on the arts, architecture, and design. Several times each year, experts from a variety of fields inquire into and debate topics related to the museum’s exhibition program. “Come Together” will include a one-hour live chat with Daniel Tucker and Pablo Helguera at 2:00 pm EDT on Thursday, April 10.

“Come Together,” inspired by the forthcoming Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative exhibition of contemporary art from Latin America, includes as participants an exemplary group of thinkers from the worlds of literature, sociology, art, and social activism.


Daniel Tucker is a Chicago-based artist, writer, and organizer. He works on the Never The Same oral history and archive project with Rebecca Zorach, and is currently editing the book Immersive Life Practices, and producing a video/writing project about self-sufficiency and the right-wing imagination while in residence at Grand Central Art Center.


Lauren Groff is the author of the novels Arcadia, shortlisted for the L.A. Times Prize for Fiction, and The Monsters of Templeton. Her stories have been appeared in many journals and anthologies, including the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly and multiple Best American Short Stories. She lives in Gainesville, Florida.

Pablo Helguera is a New York–based artist and writer. He is Director of Adult and Academic Programs at the Museum of Modern Art, and the author of The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary Art Style (2005), The Boy Inside the Letter (2007), Education for Socially Engaged Art (2011), and Art Scenes (2012).

Stevphen Shukaitis is an editor at Autonomedia and lecturer at the University of Essex, United Kingdom. He is the author of Imaginal Machines: Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life (2009) and editor (with Erika Biddle and David Graeber) of Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations / Collective Theorization (2007).


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