Helen Mirra

Helen Mirra

Helen Mirra

Half-smiler, 2014
Ink on paper
11 x 8 1/2 in.

b. 1970 Rochester, New York

Education

1996
MFA, Studio Art, University of Illinois at Chicago

1991
BA, Studio Art and Contemporary Art History, Bennington College, Vermont

Solo Exhibitions
2014
Peter Freeman, New York
Habitat de Transição, Culturgest, Lisbon PT*
Hourly Directional, Radcliffe Center for Advanced Study, Cambridge MA
two person: Hourly Directional, with Ernst Karel,
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge MA

2013
Raffaella Cortese, Milan

2012
Hourly directional field notation, Bretagne, Taka Ishii, Tokyo
gehend (Field Recordings 1-3), Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich*

2011
Field Notation, Peter Freeman, New York
gehend (Field Recordings 1-3), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Bonner Kunstverein, DE*
Field Index 3, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm
two-person: Swiss mountain transport systems, 8-channel version with percussion, with Ernst Karel, Diapason, New York

2009
Conscience de pierre, Galerie Nelson Freeman, Paris
33 Bergwanderwege, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Berlin
Case study: Swiss bird houses, Taka Ishii, Kyoto

2008
two-person: Alison Knowles, Helen Mirra, Unimedia Modern and Pinksummer Contemporary Art, Genoa ITsdan Gallery, Bennington College, Vermont
Quarry, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm

2007
Grotesk Gegend, Alte Fabrik (Gebert Stiftung für Kultur), Rapperswil CH
Waldau, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe DE

2006
Break camp, Peter Freeman, New York
Cloud, the, 3, DAAD Galerie, Berlin*
two-person: Silvia Bächli, Helen Mirra, Galerie Nelson, Paris

2005
PIAC (Piattaforma internazionale arte contemporanea) Ragusa, IT
Laws of clash, 247, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago

2004
Sudden and creeping violence, Dallas Museum of Art: Concentrations 45, TX*
Miscellaneous papers, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe DE
Hewn third, Peter Freeman, New York

2003
65 instants, Matrix: UC Berkeley Art Museum, CA*
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, GB

2002
Arrow, DYG Projects, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago
48˚N, Backdrop, with Gaylen Gerber, Michael Hall Galerie, Vienna
Nicola Sacco, Galleria Francesca Kaufmann, Milan
Declining Interval Lands, Whitney Museum of American Art: Contemporary Series, New York*

2001
Miller’s Views, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Art Statements, Art 32 Basel
Sky-wreck, The Renaissance Society, Chicago*

2000
beforsten, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe DE
Latitude Lines and Railroad Ties, Gasser & Grunert, New York

1999
Chicago Project Room, Chicago

1997
Chicago Project Room, Chicago

Selected Group Exhibitions
2014
Cuenca Bienal, Ecuador

2013
Dust Breeding, Churner and Churner, New York
Tehachapi: Robert Barry, Helen Mirra, Matt Sheridan Smith, Various Small Fires, Los Angeles
Throw a rock and see what happens, La Casa Encendida, Madrid*
Sin motivo aparente, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M), Madrid
L’image Papillon, Mudam Luxembourg
Oltremare, Vistamare, Pescara IT
Patricia Dauder, Guillaume Leblon, Helen Mirra, Christoph Weber, ProjecteSD, Barcelona ES

2012
In the Holocene, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge MA*
Postscript, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver
Ateliers de Rennes Biennale, FR*
30th Bienal de São Paulo, BR*
Treffpunkt: Berlin, ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, DK*
There was a country where they were all theives, Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam
Unfinished Journeys, Nasjonalmuseet Oslo, NO
Formes Breves, Autres, 25, FRAC Lorraine, FR*011 Post, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Southbank AU
Belvedere: Warum ist Landschaft Schön?, Arp Museum, Remagen DE*
Science & Fiction, Kunstmuseum Solothurn, CH*
Look with all your eyes, look, Frith Street Gallery, London
Vermessung der Welt (Measuring the World), Kunsthaus Graz, AT*
Arte Essenziale (Essential Art), Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia IT*
Five Easy Pieces, Franco Noero, Torino IT

2010
Die Natur ruft!, Daadgalerie, Berlin
Habiter poétiquement le monde (The World as Poem), LaM - Lille Métropole Musee, FR*

2009
Pittoresk - Neue Perspektiven auf das Landschaftsbild, MARTa Herford, DE*
(Z)ART, curated by Jan Hoet. Abtart, Stuttgart DE*
Chapter Four: Word Wraps, About Change Collection, Berlin
Le jardin aux sentiers qui bifurquent (The Garden of Forking Path), Kunsthalle Mulhouse, FR
Livsformer/Life Forms, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm*
Reduced Visibility, Glassell School, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Fragile, Musée d’art moderne de Saint Etienne Métropole, FR*
The Quick and the Dead, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis*
Le Travail de riviere, le Credac, Ivry-sur-Seine FR*
How To Work Better: Das Büro im Atelier, Jena DE

2008
Political/Minimal, KW Instititure for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Observing beast, time, evolution: Kunst und Naturwissenschaft, Kunstverein
Hildesheim and the Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum Hildesheim, DE*
Ready-Made, Yvon Lambert, Paris
Vertrautes Terrain. Aktuelle Kunst in/über Deutschland, ZKM, Karlsruhe DE*
Italia Italie Italien Italy Wlochy, Museo ARCOS, Benevento, IT*

2007
Drawing a Tiger, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin
Marta schweigt. Garde le silence, le silence te gardera, Marta Herford, DE*
No Context (Gardar Eide Einarsson, Sean Landers, Darren Bader, Helen Mirra, Hiroshi Teshigawara), Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Art & Language, Stephanie Brooks, Helen Mirra, and Ian Wilson, Peter Blum, New York
Dump, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo*
Place of the Transcommon, Inova (Institute for Visual Art), Milwaukee*

2006
Art Unlimited, Art 37 Basel*
Planting the tele, Mary Mary, Glasgow*
Into a Journey, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe DE
Sonambiente, festival für hören und sehen, Berlin*
Spectrum, Galerie Lelong, New York

2005
The Plain of Heaven, curated by Peter Eleey, Creative Time, the High Line, New York*
Odd Lots: Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark’s “Fake Estates”, White Columns, New York*
Set (Helen Mirra, Lisa Lapinski, Yuki Kimura) Taka Ishii, Tokyo ariations on the Picturesque, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Ontario C*
Tropical Abstraction, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, ND

2004
Material as Metaphor (Beuys, Balka, Kiaer, Manders, Mirra) Tanya Bonakdar, New York
Formalismus. Moderne Kunst, heute. Kunstverein Hamburg, DE*
Black Friday: Exercises in Hermetics, Galerie Kamm, Berlin*
Fine Words Butter No Cabbage, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago

2003
Delays and Revolutions, 50th Venice Biennale, IT*
Paper Sculpture, Sculpture Center, New York. traveled*
Subject Index, The Pond, Chicago
Going A Journey, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver BC
There’s no land but the land, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe DE
, Land (with Rivane Neunschwander and Katya Strunz) Kunsthalle Basel*

2002
Art Projects, Art Basel: Miami. Curated by James Rondeau.
Here and now, Chicago Cultural Center, IL*
Zusammenhänge herstellen, Kunstverein Hamburg, DE*
Sound Canopy, sound installation. supported by Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
Public Radio (Cargnelli, Penker and Szely), KIBLA, Maribor, Slovenia
Sudden Glory, CCAC Institute, San Francisco*

2001
Tirana Biennial 1, Albania*
Fresh, New Museum, New York
untitled 654321, Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense
Contextual, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago*
Making the Making, Apex Art, New York
Seems, Block Museum, Chicago*

2000
Age of Influence, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Sound, Video, Film, Donald Young, Chicago
Static, Grand Central Arts, Santa Ana California

1999
You Smile and I Am Rubbing My Eyes, Jacob Fabricius, Copenhagen
The Stroke, Exit Art/The First World, New York

1998
Trance, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Pandemonium, London Electronic Arts, London
Video & Film, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

1997
Some Kind of Heaven, Kunsthalle Nürnberg DE and South London Gallery GB*
Up Close, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Phildelphia

1996
Found Footage, Gasser & Grunert, Cologne DE
Persona, The Renaissance Society, Chicago and Kunsthalle Basel*

Fellowships and Awards

2013
MacDowell Colony residency
Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, Artist-in-Residence

2011
IASPIS (International Artists Studio Program in Sweden), Stockholm

2008-09
Stiftung Laurenz Haus residency, Basel CH

2007
Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue
International Studio Program, Office for Contemporary Art Norway

2005-06
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Kunstlerprogramm, Berlin

2004
Alpert Ucross Residency Award
Artist in Residence, Center for Book Arts, Mills College, Oakland CA

2003
Artist in Residence, Consortium of the Arts, University of California at Berkeley

2001
Driehaus Individual Artist Award

1999
Louis Comfort Tiffany Award

1998
acDowell Colony residency

1996
Jessica Holt Award, University of Illinois

1995-96
University Fellowship, University of Illinois

Public Projects

2011
Farbenweg, indirekter, Universalmuseum, Graz AT

2010
GSA Art in Architecture U.S. Border Station Project, Warroad, MN

2006
Instance the Determination, public project, University of Chicago, IL

Publications
Durchschriften, Berlin: Merve Verlag, expected release 2014
Edge Habitat Materials, Chicago: Whitewalls, 2014
gehend (Field Recordings 1-3), with texts by Peter Eleey, Yukio Lippit, Christina Vegh. Berlin: argobooks, 201
Cloud, the, 3, afterword by Lyn Hejinian. Zürich: Christoph Keller Editions/JRP Ringier, 2007
Helen Mirra im Grunewald, essay by Friedrich Meschede. Berlin: DAAD, 2006
Sky-wreck, texts by Hamza Walker, Ben Marcus, Jen Bervin. Chicago: The Renaissance Society, 2002
Names & Poems. Chicago: Whitewalls, 1999
Alow. Chicago: Herkimer, 1999

Recordings

with Fred Frith: Quangsi-Quail. Lisbon: Shhhpuma, 2014
with Ernst Karel: Maps of Parallels 1˚N and 49˚N, at a scale of ten seconds to one degree. Lisbon: Shhhpuma, 2014
with Ernst Karel: Hourly directional sound recordings, Mata Atlantica, Brazil. 2011
with Ernst Karel: Hourly directional sound recordings, Arizonan Sonoran Desert. 2012
Field Geometry. Chicago: Explain, 2000
Along, Below. Chicago: Herkimer, 1999
Stowaway. Chicago: Herkimer, 1996

Contributions

pages for The Legacy of Hilma af Klint: Nine Contemporary Responses, Stockholm: Moderna Museet, 2013
‘Groups diferentiating delicate hallucinogenic universal should’, Science & Fiction, Zurich: Edition Fink, 2011
‘Instance the determination’, Critical Inquiry, Vol. 35 No. 4 Summer 2009
‘Are places privately wild nothing before’, Kurator 2007/2008, Zurich: Edition Fink, 2008
‘Index for der Räuber’, Cabinet Magazine, Issue 29
‘Per Kirsten Pieroth’, Maps and Legends, Zürich: JRP Ringier, 2007
‘Traveller’s Code Book’, Black Friday, Frankfurt: Revolver, 2006
‘Schoolyear’, Cabinet Magazine, Issue 9
‘Gr’, for COLORGAMES, a project by Lucio Pozzi, Anderson Gallery, Drake University, 2002.
collaboration with Gaylen Gerber, Whitewalls, Vol. 40, Spring 1998
‘I, Bear’, Whitewalls, Vol. 38, 1996