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Teaching Art in the Present Tense

Image: Daniela Rivera, “Tilted Heritage”, 2015, Ash on canvas, stretchers, rope, copper point on wall, clamps, concrete bags , 25′ Hx 10′ WX 15′ L 2015, Photo by Charles Sternaimolo Photography

Helina Metaferia, “Sit”, mixed media collage, 2019, 20″ x 28″

In the midst of Covid-19 and the ongoing movement for racial justice, how might we critically rethink how graduate students are recruited, selected, educated, advised and launched through their academic programs and into the broader arts community (and economy)? What concrete work can be done in higher arts education to support a more innovative, inclusive, and impactful next generation of artists, art historians, curators, critics, and leaders? Join Daniela Rivera, Helina Metaferia, Sarah Stefana Smith, and Anthony Romero — artists, academics, activists — for an informal conversation.

This event is part of a weekly Summer Art Talk event series in August, hosted jointly by Northeastern’s Center for the Arts (CfA) and Area Code Art Fair.

Registration for this event is now closed. If you have missed the deadline but would like to join, please email [email protected].



Daniela Rivera is a Boston based Chilean artist that works through drawing from the experience of displacement, and Barbara Morris Caspersen Associate Professor of Humanities and Associate Professor of Art at Wellesley College.

Helina Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, video, collage, and assemblage. She is an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow / Assistant Professor at Brown University and lives in New York City.