Jefferson W. Kielwagen is an artist, art historian and lecturer at Rensselaer’s Department of the Arts. His artistic practice is best described as performance or intervention and investigates matters of politics, violence and religion. Some of the major venues in which he exhibited are the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince/Haiti, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, in NYC, and the Coletiva de Artistas at the Joinville Art Museum in Brazil.
Kielwagen's theoretical research covers a variety of topics ranging from politics to poetics. In his ongoing, independent curatorial work, he investigates contemporary art practices such as performance, intervention and social art, and their political impact on art institutions. His current research looks at potential strategies and challenges in the creation of a global narrative for the history of art.