Harrell Fletcher received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and his MFA from California College of the Arts. He studied organic farming at UCSC and went on to work on a variety of small Community Supported Agriculture farms, which impacted his work as an artist. Fletcher has produced a variety of socially engaged collaborative and interdisciplinary projects since the early 1990s. His work has been shown at SFMOMA, the de Young Museum, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Wattis Institute, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as a multitude of other national and international institutions. He was a participant in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Fletcher has work in the collections of MoMA, the Whitney Museum, The New Museum, SFMOMA, The Berkeley Art Museum, the de Young Museum, and the FRAC in Brittany, France. In 2002, Fletcher started Learning To Love You More (LTLYM), a participatory website with Miranda July. A book version of LTLYM was published in 2007 by Prestel. Fletcher is the 2005 recipient of the Alpert Award in Visual Arts and is an Associate Professor of Art and Social Practice at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.
For more than 15 years, Fletcher has been at the forefront of an art field called "social practice," a medium that tends to engage audiences directly through the creation of intangible, collaborative experiences. Talented social practice artists are skillful at designing the conditions for elegant situations to unfold amongst groups of people.
In July 2013, Portland-based artist Harrell Fletcher led a four-day trek that followed a line of sight from the Exploratorium’s new home at Pier 15 in San Francisco to the summit of Mt. Diablo in the East Bay. The journey across water, city, suburb, and country was seeded with Exploratorium-esque, inquiry-based experiences along the way designed by members of the walking group, various Exploratorium staff, and partnering individuals or groups from relevant communities, disciplines, or backgrounds.
07/18/2013 to 07/21/2013
This short documentary chronicles the people, places, things, and ideas at the core of The Windows, a four-day trek from the back deck of the Exploratorium to the top of Mount Diablo. Led by artist Harrell Fletcher and the Exploratorium's Center for Art & Inquiry in the summer of 2013, the walk involved a dozen hikers and dozens more participants and learning experiences en route to the summit.