Pablo Helguera (Mexico City, 1971) is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in New York.He studied at the National School of Visual arts In Mexico, University of Barcelona and at the Art Institute of Chicago where he obtained his BFA degree in 1993. He has exhibited in New York, Chicago, Barcelona, Athens, Buenos Aires, Basel, Recife, Mexico City, Guadalajara, and other cities. In 2000, he presented solo exhibitions at the Galerija Matice Hrvatska, Zagreb, Croatia, the University of the Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas, Ex-Teresa Espacio Alternativo, Mexico City, and the Dominican University, Chicago, Illinois. In New York he has exhibited at El Museo del Barrio, the Bronx Museum, the Armory show, and in various alternative spaces and galleries throughout the city. He participated in the large scale exhibition "Politicas de la Diferencia: arte Iberoamericano de Fin de Siglo", organized by the Consorcio de Museos de la Comunidad de Valencia (IVAM) and presented in the Pernambuco Center for the Arts in Recife, Brasil and at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also participated in the exhibition “Museutopia”, presented at the Ernst Osthaus Museum der Stadt-Hagen in Germany in 2002. Additional projects include a public art project for Alexanderplatz in Berlin, the exhibition “Instituto de la Telenovela” in Gallery P74 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and a performance titled “Theatrum Anatomicum” for PS1 Contemporary Art Center in Queens and the IFA gallery in Bonn. He has been the recipient of various distinctions such as grants from the Fideicomiso para la Cultura/ US-Mexico Fund for Culture, the Government of Italy and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. He also curated the exhibition "Concerning Truth" in 1998, which took place in three simultaneous contemporary art locations in Chicago and included a vast array of international artists. His work both as an artist, writer and educator deals with analyzing the context in which art is presented and transmitted to audiences. Following this interest, in 1999 he organized the symposium "Fiction Inside and Outside of the Museum" at the Museo Carrillo Gil in Mexico City; in March of 2000 he was one of the organizers and participant of the symposium "The Artist and the Museum" at the University of the Andes in Bogota, Colombia. He also organized the symposiums “Brazil: Cross-Cultural Terrains” at the Guggenheim and “The Museum as Medium”, taking place at the Guggenheim and at the National Center for the Arts in Mexico City. He has been selected as one of the organizers of the international forum of contemporary art in ARCO, Madrid, for 2003.
As a performer, Helguera has presented a variety of solo pieces such as "Empty Days" (1993), "Circorama of Operistic Nostalgia (1994)", "The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci" (1995), "Muitos Fernandos" (Homage to Fernando Pessoa, 1998) and is the author of two produced plays: "The Palace (and Other Pilsen Ghost Stories)" and "Jurua" (both from 1997).
Helguera has written criticism and reviews for various publications, such as Art Nexus in Colombia, The Art Newspaper in London, centrodearte.com in Madrid and Tema Celeste in Milan. As a museum professional, he has worked at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, institutions in which he has worked developing more than 500 educational and performance programs. He currently lives and works in New York, where he works as an artist and also as Senior Education Programs Manager of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where he develops and implements the museum's public programs. He is on the advisory board of the Snug Harbor Contemporary Arts Center in Staten Island, Whitebox Alternative space in Chelsea, and is currently a member of the Diversity Committee of the International Symposium for Electronic Arts (ISEA). He has been recently selected this year as juror for the 5th National Visual Arts Competition of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico.
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