The Schoolhouse and the Bus: Mobility, Pedagogy, and Engagement. Two Projects by Pablo Helguera and Suzanne Lacy / Pilar Riaño-Alcalá

Event Date: 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 12:00am to Friday, December 8, 2017 - 12:00am

Event Date Details: 

Opening reception Wednesday, September 27, 2017  5:30pm to 7:30pm

Suzanne Lacy (b. 1945, Wasco, CA; lives Los Angeles)
Skin of Memory Revisited, 2011
Installation view, Museo de Antioquia, Medellin, Columbia
Courtesy of the Artist


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Pablo Helguera (b. 1971, Mexico City; lives New York City)
The School of Panamerican Unrest,  2006
Installation view, Schoolhouse in front of the Galeria Nacional de Arte, Honduras
Courtesy of the Artist

This exhibition pairs, for the first time, work by two of the leading artists of the social practice movement. Suzanne Lacy (BA 1967 Zoological Sciences?)?, ?based in Los Angeles, is among the first generation of artists who began making art founded on public participation with the goal of empowerment or change in a community. Pablo Helguera, a Mexican artist based in New York City, represents the next generation of social practice artists influenced by Lacy’s works, writings and teachings. The Schoolhouse and the Bus  highlights a touchstone work by each of the artists (with anthropologist Pilar Riaño-Alcalá in collaboration with Lacy), executed in the Americas but never shown in their entirety in the US. Comprising installation, collage, sculpture, ephemera, photography, video, as well as archival documentation, this exhibition will serve to highlight overlapping themes in their works which include immigration, pedagogy, race, violence, memory, and social organizing. Following its presentation at the AD&A Museum the exhibition will travel to The 8th Floor, the exhibition space for The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation in New York City.  The exhibition will open on February 9, 2018. 

This exhibition has been curated by Elyse A. Gonzales, Assistant Director/Curator of Exhibitions, AD&A Museum and Sara Reisman, Executive and Artistic Director, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. 

Artnet promotes The Schoolhouse and The Bus as a MUST SEE!

Conversation with Suzanne Lacy + Pablo Helguera, Moderated by Sara Reisman, Nov 2, 2017, Corwin Pavilion. See the video here: See tthe transcript here:

Click here for M Oppenheim TV interview with Sara Reisman!

Click here for impactmania interview with Suzanne Lacy!

Access ephemera collected by Pablo Helguera by clicking on the link below.

Pablo Helguera ephemera

On Friday, November 3, 2017 Pablo Helguera led community members in a discussion that resulted in the Panamerican Address for Santa Barbara. Download and read the completed address below:

The Panamaerican Address of the People of Santa Barbara


The Schoolhouse and the Bus/ La Escuela y El Autobús  has been generously funded by Marcia and John Mike Cohen, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Eva and Yoel Haller, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, the Western Humanities Alliance, and the Department of Art. In-kind support has been provided by Neil Sherman, Industrial Metal Supply.

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA  brings a unique opportunity to Santa Barbara, encouraging cross-cultural dialogue and critical investigation of Latin American art in a local context.  Sacred Art in the Age of Contact and The Schoolhouse and the Bus are official participants of the Getty initiative.  This initiative is a collaboration of numerous arts institutions in California, and explores the historical relationship between Latin America and the greater Los Angeles area through a series of thematically linked exhibitions.

Exhibitions include:

Valeska Soares: Any Moment Now at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, September 17 – December 31, 2017

Guatemala from 33,000 km: Contemporary Art, 1960 - Present at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, and the Community Arts Workshop, September 17 – December 17, 2017

The Schoolhouse and the Bus: Mobility, Pedagogy, and Engagement. Two Projects by Pablo Helguera and Suzanne Lacy / Pilar Riaño-Alcalá at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara, September 27 – December 8, 2017

Sacred Art in the Age of Contact, Chumash and Latin American Traditions in Santa Barbara at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara
September 16 – December 8, 2017  and Santa Barbara Historical Museum September 15 – January 14, 2018

Accompanying the exhibitions, each organization offers a season of educational programming, including lectures, workshops, and a Latin American Film series. The Santa Barbara collaboration culminates on the weekend of October 20 – 22, 2017, with each institution hosting panel discussions, symposia, performances, and lectures.

Pacific Standard Time LA/LA  is an initiative of the Getty with arts institutions across Southern California. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.