April 5, 2019–September 15, 2019
Mary & George W. Cheney, Jr. Gallery
This April, the New Britain Museum of American Art presents the work of Pablo Helguera as part of the Museum’s NEW/NOW series featuring contemporary artists. Drawing upon Helguera’s passion for history and literature, this multidisciplinary project, titled “Amazing Stories,” focuses on visual and literary storytelling and will be presented as an art exhibition and a related artist’s book. The title of Helguera’s exhibition is borrowed from a pulp fiction series featured in the NBMAA’s extensive collection of Pulp Art illustration, the largest in the nation. On the occasion of his exhibition, Helguera will create his own illustrated collection of three short stories, involving time and intercultural travel to explore life in and beyond New Britain. Helguera’s stories will take inspiration from the permanent collection of the NBMAA, the social and cultural history of Greater New Britain, as well as the artist’s experience as an immigrant. Intertwining fact and fiction, these narratives will explore cultural difference and life in America today from diverse, surprising, and humorous perspectives. Helguera’s accompanying exhibition will feature the artist’s original illustrations, installed together with objects and artworks that inspired his stories. In the summer of 2019, Helguera will work with Hartford Art School’s Multidisciplinary MFA Program, guiding students to explore the NBMAA’s collection to construct their own visual and literary stories that will then be incorporated in the artist’s installation.