Pablo Helguera, The School of Panamerican Unrest.

Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Visiting Artist Lecture: Pablo Helguera

February 20, 2020
5:30p Reception, 6p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

New York-based artist Pablo Helguera will deliver the Sam Fox School's Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Visiting Artist Lecture.

Born in Mexico City in 1971, Helguera works with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, and socially engaged art and performance. His work incorporates pedagogy, sociology, and theater and literary strategies. His project The School of Panamerican Unrest—a nomadic think-tank that physically crossed the continent by car from Anchorage, Alaska, to Tierra del Fuego, making 40 stops in between and covering almost 20,000 miles—is considered one of the most extensive public art projects on record as well as a pioneering work of socially engaged art.

Helguera performed individually at The Museum of Modern Art /Gramercy Theater in 2003, where he showed his work Parallel Lives. His musical composition Endingness has been performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Helguera has exhibited or performed at venues such as the Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; ICA Boston; RCA London; 8th Havana Biennal, PERFORMA 05, Shedhalle, Zurich; MoMA PS1, New York; Brooklyn Museum; Manifesta 11, MALBA museum in Buenos Aires, Ex-Teresa Espacio Alternativo in Mexico City, The Bronx Museum, Artist Space, and Sculpture Center, amongs many others. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, Artforum, The New York Times, and ArtNews, among others. He received the Creative Capital Grant and the Blade of Grass Fellowship. In 2011 he was named winner of the International Award of Participatory Art of the Region Emilia-Romagna in Italy. He also received the Franklin Furnace and Art Matters grants. He holds a PhD from Kingston University, London, and an honorary PhD from the Kansas Art Institute.

Helguera has worked since 1991 in a variety of contemporary art museums, most recently as head of public programs at the education department of the Guggenheim Museum in New York (1998-2005). Since 2007, he has served as director of adult and academic programs at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. He has organized more than 1,000 public events in conjunction with nearly 100 exhibitions. In 2010 he was appointed pedagogical curator of the 8th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil, which took place in September 2011.

In 2012 he presented a solo exhibition at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and in 2017 received a mid-career retrospective at La Colección Jumex, titled Dramatis Personae. In 2020 he will be presenting an artist-curated exhibition at the RISD Museum, as part of its Riding the Icebox series. He is currently working on a new series of performative lectures and on a series of workshops as art works to be presented in Mexico, Minneapolis, Buenos Aires, St. Petersburg, and other cities.

He is represented by Kent Fine Art in New York, Enrique Guerrero Gallery in Mexico City, and Gabriele Maubrie Gallery in Paris.