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Pablo Helguera
The School of Panamerican Unrest

Centernote Lecture + Screening

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2007
3 p.m. - 5 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, Lecture hall and classrooms
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Independent artist and Director of Adult and Academic Programs at the Education Department of MoMA

Pablo Helguera, born in Mexico City in 1971, is a New York based artist whose multi-disciplinary work often deals with topics such as history, social thought, perception, fiction, and academicism. His works, which are usually performative in nature, have included making phonograph recordings, composing orchestral pieces, inventing fictional artists and museums, founding educational and research institutions, and writing scripted symposia with actors. He has performed individually at the Museum of Modern Art, NY (Parallel Lives, 2003), and has exhibited or performed at other venues such as the Royal College of Art, London; the Havana Biennial, Performa 05, and many others. He received a Creative Capital Grant for “The School of Panamerican Unrest”, a nomadic think-tank that physically traveled by car from Anchorage, Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, covering 25,000 miles, and becoming the most physically extensive public art project on record. This project will be showcased in a solo traveling exhibition organized by El Museo del Barrio in New York, which will also travel to London, Mexico City and in other locations. From 1998 to 2005 he served as Senior Manager of Education of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, where he developed and oversaw the museum’s public programs. He has organized more than 500 public programs in the course of his museum career, including the international symposium The Museum as Medium (2002) and the Fifth Installment of the International Symposium of Contemporary Art Theory in Mexico City (SITAC, 2005). He has recently been appointed Director of Adult and Academic Programs of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

He is the author of four books: Endingness (2005), an essay on the art of memory; The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary Art Style (2005; Spanish edition; 2007, English edition), a social etiquette manual for the art world; The Witches of Tepoztlán (and other Unpublished Operas), (2007), and The Boy Inside the Letter (forthcoming).

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Pablo Helguera (Ciudad de México, 1971) es un artista visual cuya obra suele reflexionar sobre la historia, el pensamiento social, la percepción, la ficción, y el lenguaje académico. Sus obras, que suelen encontrar sus raíces en el campo del performance art y el conceptualismo, han incluído el realizar archivos fonográficos, composición orquestal, y la invención de artistas, museos e instituciones ficticios. Ha presentado su obra a nivel individual en el museo de arte moderno de Nueva York (Parallel Lives, 2003), y ha expuesto su obra en lugares como el Royal College of Art, London; la bienal de la Habana, entre otros. Recibió la beca Creative Capital para realizar el proyecto “La escuela panamericana del desasosiego”, un foro de discusión nomádico que él mismo transportó, manejando por tierra, desde Anchorage, Alaska, hasta Tierra del Fuego, en un espacio de 25,000 millas. Muchas de sus obras figuran en la colección permanente del Museo del Barrio en Nueva York. Es el autor de Endingness (2005) y del Manual de estilo del arte contemporáneo (2005; edición inglesa 2007), un libro de etiqueta social para el mundo del arte.