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1970                Born in Rochester, New York

1987                Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York

1991                B.A., Studio Art and Contemporary Art History, Bennington College, Vermont

1996                M.F.A., Studio Art, University of Illinois, Chicago

Lives and works in Muir Beach, California

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020              
• Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Mexico. Nine Years of Slope-Walking. (10 December 2021 – 26 April 2021)       
• Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin. ĉielarka aktivec. (12 September – 14 November)
• Large Glass, London. la malplena ĉambro estas bela. (11 September – 14 November)
• Cample Line, Thornhill, Scotland. Acts for placing woolen and linen. (13 August – 19 September)
• The National Exemplar, Iowa City. HELEN MIRRA / JOHN DILG. Curated by Katie Rashid. (2-person exhibition) (1 August – 10 September) 

2019                
• Berkeley Museum of Art, California. No Horizon: Helen Mirra – Sean Thackrey. (2-person exhibition) (3 July – 25 August)
• Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe, Germany. ein freundlicher Nein / a friendly No. (3 – 17 May 2019)

2018               
• NHMX, Nordenhake, Mexico City. Nueve años caminando en las laderas (Nine years of slope-walking). (17 November – 15 January 2019)
• Peter Freeman, Inc, New York. Bones are spaces. (8 November – 22 December)
• Large Glass, London. A Coin in Nine Hands - Part 7: Standard Incomparable, Helen Mirra (Stripes). (7 June - 7 July)
• Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm. *. (24 May – 21 June)

2017               
• Large Glass, London. A Coin In Nine Hands – Part 3. (5 December 2017 – 13 January 2018)
• Andriesse Eyck Galerie, Amsterdam. Voluntary Weathering. (9 September – 14 October) 
• Incident Report, Hudson, New York. INCIDENT 100. (Autumn 2017)
• Kunst Meran / Merano Arte, Italy. gehen, weben / camminare, tessere. (21 July – 1 October)
• Andriesse Eyck Galerie, Amsterdam. Variable Weather. (16 June – 29 July)

2016               
• Highline, New York. Helen Mirra, Half-smiler. (3 – 14 October)

2015               
• Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm. Helen Mirra. (20 August – 26 September)

2014               
• Peter Freeman, Inc., New York. Waulked. (11 September – 25 October)
• Culturgest, Lisbon. Edge Habit. (7 June – 14 September)
• Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Hourly Directional. (24 April – 6 June)
• MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Hourly Directional, with Ernst Karel. (7 February – 6 April)

2013               
• Raffaella Cortese, Milan. Field, Western Japan. (26 September – 16 November)

2012               
• Taka Ishii, Tokyo. Hourly directional field notation, Bretagne. (10 November – 8 December)
• Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich. gehend (Field Recordings 1 - 3). (23 February – 6 May)

2011               
• Peter Freeman Inc., New York. Field Notation. (6 October – 12 November)
• Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany. gehend (Field Recordings 1-3). (20 September - 20 November). Exhibition travelled: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (27 November 2011 – 29 January 2012); Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (23 - 29 April 2012)
• Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm. Field Index 3. (26 May – 26 June)

2009               
• Galerie Nelson-Freeman, Paris. Conscience de pierre. (14 November 2009 – 22 January 2010)
• Meyer Riegger Galerie, Berlin. 33 Bergwanderwege. (29 April – 6 June)
• Taka Ishii, Kyoto. Case Study: Swiss Bird Houses. (10 January – 14  February)

2008               
• Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm. Quarry. (17 February – 20 March)

2007               
• Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe, Germany. Waldau. (9 March – 14 April)

2006               
• Peter Freeman, Inc., New York. Break Camp. (9 November – 20 January 2007) 
• University of Chicago, Illinois. Instance the Determination. (27 April 2006 – June 2009)
• Galerie Nelson-Freeman, Paris. Käuzchensteig. (25 February - 7 Aril)

2005               
• PIAC (Piattaforma internazionale arte contemporanea), Ragusa, Italy. Helen Mirra. (24 September – 30 November)
• Donald Young Gallery, Chicago. Laws of clash, 247. (26 May – July)
• DAAD Galerie, Berlin, Germany. Cloud, the, 3 (23 March – 13 May)         

2004               
• Dallas Museum of Art, Texas. Concentrations 45: Helen Mirra: Sudden and creeping violence. (7 October – 2 January 2005)
• Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe, Germany. Miscellaneous papers. (21 May – 1 July)     
• Peter Freeman, Inc., New York. Helen Mirra: Hewn third. (4 March – 17 April)   

2003               
• University of California at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, California. Matrix 209: 65 Instants. (23 November – 25 January 2004)
• Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Helen Mirra. (21 March – 19 April)

2002               
• DYG Projects, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago. Arrow. (22 November 2002 – January 2003)
• Whitney Museum of American Art: Contemporary Series, New York. Declining Interval Lands. (September 21 – 8 December)

2001               
• Meyer Riegger Galerie, Art 32 Basel, Switzerland. Miller's Views, Statements. (13 – 18 June)
• The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Illinois. Sky-Wreck. (6 May – 24 June)

2000               
• Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe, Germany. Beforsten. (23 September – 4 November)

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022               
• Kunsthalle Schirn Frankfurt, Germany. Walk. (18 February – 22 May)

2021               
• /, San Francisco. Arboreal. (26 March – 26 June)

2020               
• GAK, Bremen, Germany. Was machen Sie um zwei? Ich schlafe. (19 September – 20 December)
• Martin Janda, Vienna. Sedimentations: Brushing History Against the Grain. Curated by Noit Banai. (5 – 26 September)
• Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin. ORTHODOX ABSTRACTION. (27 June – 29 August)
• Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain. On the Ground. (15 May – 4 September)
• Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland. The Quiet Show. (6 February – 2 May 2020)

2019               
• Essex Street, New York. Concerning superfluities. (1 November – 22 December)
• Marcelle Alix, Paris. Marcelle Alix ouverte. (30 October – 30 November)
• Meyer Riegger, Berlin. Come Together. (29 June – 3 August)
• Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo. 25th Anniversary Group Exhibition. (25 June – 27 July)
• Modern Art Vyner Street, London. Katinka Bock, Esther Kläs, Helen Mirra, Hayley Tompkins. (7 March – 13 April 2019)   
• Stiftung Konzeptuelle Kunst, Soest, Germany. A Day’s Work. (27 January – 13 April)     

2018               
• Large Glass, London. In the Labyrinth. (8 February – 5 April)
• Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Illinois. a body measured against the earth. Curated by Jared Quinton. (21 August 2018 – 7 April 2019)
• DePaul Art Museum, Chicago. DPAM Collects: Happy Little Trees and other Recent Acquisitions. (26 April – 5 August)
• Doyers, New York. A Simple Fraction. Organized by Debra Singer. (13 January – 18 March) 
• Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Matrix do Tempo Real. Curated by Jacopo Visconti (13 January –18 March)

2017               
• Large Glass, London. A Coin In Nine Hands – Part 3. (5 December 2017 – 13 January 2018)
• Kunstraum Alexander Bürkle, Frieburg, Germany. For Eternity – Archival Strategies in Art. (8 October 2017 – 25 February 2018)
• Fjord, Philadelphia. To chance, to wander. (13 April – 27 May)
• Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. Listen Here: the Art of Sound. (8 March – 5 September)
• Serralves Museum, Portugal. Serralves Collection: 1960 – 1980. (8 May 2017 – 28 January 2018)

2016               
• Bennington College, Vermont. VBS (violet burning sunset). (20 September – 16 October)
• Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland. I Went to the Woods: The artist as wanderer. (23 July – 6 November)
• Fondation d’entreprise Hermés, Brussels. Ballistic poetry. (23 April – 2 July)
• Large Glass, London. Suchness. Helen Mirra / Allyson Strafella. (14 April – 24 June)
• Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin. Helen Mirra & Allyson Strafella.  (15 January – 5 March)

2015               
• MAC Gas Natural Fenosa Museum, Coruña, Spain. Monumental Narratives: Figures, Landscapes and Rituals. (17 December 2015 – 1 May 2016)
• La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, France. L’Épais Réel (Into The Real). (11 December 2015 – 21 February 2016)
• Menil Collection, Houston. Apparition: Frottages and Rubbings from 1870 to Now. Curated by Allegra Pesenti. (11 September 2015 – 3 January 2016)
•Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry – le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France. tout le monde. (11 September – 6 December)
•Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. Ordering Nature. (12 June – 31 July)
• Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe, Germany. five colors. (with Anne Callahan) (6 June – 18 July)
• DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts. Walking Sculpture 1967– 2015. (9 May – 13 September)
• Aspen Art Museum, Colorado. Second Chances. (20 March – 28 June)
• Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Apparition: Frottages and Rubbings from 1870 to Now. Curated by Allegra Pesenti. (7 February – 31 May)

2014               
• Luciana Caravello, Rio de Janeiro. Falso movimento. (12 December 2014  – 17 January 2015)
• Large Glass, London. Indeterminacy. (28 November 2014 – 27 February 2015)

2013               
• Churner and Churner, New York. Dust Breeding. (27 June – 9 August)
• The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto. Postscript. (21 June – 2 September)     
• Various Small Fires, Los Angeles. Tehachapi. (25 May – 29 June)
• CA2M, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid. Sin Motivo Aparente. (9 May – 16 October)
• Mudam Luxembourg, Luxembourg. L’Image papillon (The Butterfly Images). (23 March – 8 September)
• PROJECTSD, Barcelona. Map, Record, Picture, Sculpture. (19 March – 26 April)
• FRAC Ile de France/Le Plateau, Paris. Paint It Black. (14 March – 12 May)
• Passatge Mercader 8, Barcelona. Patricia Dauder, Helen Mirra, Guillaume Leblon and Christoph Weber. (8 March – 19 April)

2012               
• MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts. In the Holocene. (18 October 2012 – 6 January 2013)
• Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. Postscript. (12 October 2012 – 3 February 2013)
• ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Arken, Denmark. Treffpunkt: Berlin. (11 May – 22 July)
• Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam. There was a country where they were all thieves. (4 May – June 7)
• Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo. Unfinished Journeys. (16 March – May 20)
• FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France. Formes Breves, Autres, 25. (27 January – 8 April)
• Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona. economy of means: toward humility in contemporary sculpture. (21 January – 29 April)

2011               
• Kunstverein, Frankfurt. Arte Essenziale. Curated by Fedrico Ferrari. (3 November 2011 – 1 January 2012)
• Arp Museum, Remagen, Germany. Belvedere: Why is Landscape Beautiful? (9 September 2011 – 4 March 2012)
• Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Switzerland. Science & Fiction. (20 July – 6 November)
• Firth Street Gallery, London. Look with all your eyes, look. (15 July – 30 September)
• Kunsthaus Graz, Austria. Vermessung der Welt (Measuring the World). Curated by Katrin Bucher Trantow and Peter Pakesch. (11 June – 4 September)
• Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy. Essential Art. Curated by Federico Ferrari. (11 April – 1 January 2012)
• Franco Noero, Torino, Italy. Five Easy Pieces. (24 February – 2 April)
• Diapason Gallery, New York. Swiss mountain transport systems: Ernst Karel and Helen Mirra. (8, 15, 22, & 29 January)

2010               
• Daadgalerie, Berlin. Die Natur ruft! with Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Jimmie Durham, Douglas Gordon, Christine & Irene Hohenbüchler, Bethan Huws, Mario Merz. (30 October – 4 December)
• LaM - Lille Métropole Muse, France. Habiter poétiquement le monde (The World as Poem). Curated by François Piron. (25 September – 30 January 2011)

2009               
• Abtart, Stuttgart, Germany. (Z)ART. Curated by Jan Hoet. (13 October – 31 January 2010)
• MARTa, Herford, Germany. Pittoresk - Neue Perspektiven auf das Landschaftsbild. (3 October – 31 January 2010)
• About Change Collection, Berlin. Chapter Four: World Wraps. (19 September – January 2010)
• Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm. Livsformer/Life Forms. (16 September – 10 January 2010)
• Glassell School, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Reduced Visibility. (4 September – 15 November)
• Musée d’art moderne de Saint-Etienne Métropole, France. Fragile. (16 May – 16 August)
• Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. The Quick and the Dead. Curated by Peter Eleey. (24 April – 24 September)                          
• le Credac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France. Le Travail de riviere. (4 February – 29 March)
• Intershop Tower, Jena, Germany. How to Work Better: Das Büro im Atelier. Curated by Christiane Rekade. (23 January – 28 February)

2008               
• KW Instititure for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Political/Minimal. (November 2008 – 25 January 2009)
• Kunstverein Hildesheim, Germany. Observing beast, time, evolution: Kunst und Naturwissenschaft. (7 September – 2 November)
• Yvon Lambert, Paris, France. Ready-.Made. (27 June – 6 September)
• ZKM, Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany. Vertautes Terrain. Aktuelle Kunst in/über Deutschland. (22 May – 12 October)
• Museo ARCOS, Benevento, Italy. Italia Italie Italien Italy Wlochy. (20 March – 31 August)

2007               
• Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin. Drawing a Tiger. (28 September – 24 October)
• Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo. No Context. with Gardar Eide Einarsson, Sean Landers, Darren Bader, Hiroshi Teshigawara. (30 June – 21 July)
• MARTa, Herford, Germany. Marta Schweigt. Garde le silence, le silence te Gardera. (7 June – 14 October)
• Peter Blum Gallery, New York, United States. Art and Languag, with Stephanie Brooks and Ian Wilson. (11 May – 23 June)
• National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo. Dump: Postmodern Sculpture in the Dissolved Field. (5 March – 19 August)
• Inova (Institute for Visual Art), Milwaukee. Place of the Transcommon. (2 February – 16 March)

2006               
• Galerie Lelong, New York. Spectrum. (9 December 2006 – 28 January 2007)
• Mary Mary, Glasgow. Planting the Tele. (25 November 2006 – 13 January 2007)
• Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe, Germany. Into a Journey. (5 November – 9 December)

2005               
• Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Ontario. Variations on the Picturesque. (10 December 2005 – 19 March 2006)
• Creative Time, the High Line, New York. The Plain of Heaven. Curated by Peter Eleey. (14 October – 20 November)
• White Columns, New York. Odd Lots: Revisiting Gordon Matta Clark’s “Fake Estates". (9 September – 18 October)
• Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. Set. with Lisa Lapinski and Yuki Kimura (20 August – 10 September)
• Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam. Tropical Abstraction. (10 June – 21 August)

2004               
• Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. Material as Metaphor. (10 December 2004 – 15 January 2005)
• Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg. Formalismus. Moderne Kunst, heute. (9 October 2004 – 9 January 2005)
• Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago. Fine Words Butter No Cabbage. (29 August – 2 October)
• Galerie Kamm, Berlin. Black Friday: Exercises in Hermetics. (10 July – 11 September)

2003               
• Sculpture Center, New York. Paper Sculpture. (7 September – 7 December)
• Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland. Land, Land! (18 January – 9 March)
• Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe, Germany. There’s no land but the land. (17 January – 28 February)

2002               
• Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany. Zusammenhänge herstellen. (29 June – 25 August)
• Galerie Georg Kargl, Vienna. Waiting for the Ice Age. (19 January – 9 March)                                                                                                                      

2001               
• Block Museum, Chicago. Seems: Integrations with the Physical and Social Periphery of the Museum. (23 September – 10 December)
• ApexArt, New York. Making the Making. (5 January – 3 February)

2000               
• Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Age of Influence. (23 September – 10 December)
• Donald Young, Chicago. Sound, Video, Film. (5 May – 10 June)

1998               
• Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania. Trance. (6 October 1998 – 10 January 1999)

1997               
• Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany. Some Kind of Heaven. (20 February – 27 April). Exhibition travelled: South London Gallery, London (4 June – 13 July)

1996               
• Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania. Up Close and Personal. (31 December 1996 - 2 March 1997)
• The Renaissance Society, Chicago. Persona. (10 March - 21 April). Exhibition travelled: Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland

 

 

AWARDS

2013                Artist-in-Residence, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

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

2008-2009       Stiftung Laurenz Haus Residency, Basel

2007                Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, New York

2007                International Studio Program, Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo

2005                Artist in Residence, Berliner Künstlerprogramm, DAAD, Berlin

2004                Alpert Ucross Residency Award, Wyoming

2003                Artist in Residence, University of California at Berkeley, California

2001                Driehaus Individual Artist Award, Chicago

1999                Louis Comfort Tiffany Award

1997-1998       Macdowell Residency, Peterborough, New Hampshire

1996                Jessica Holt Award, University of Illinois, Chicago

1995-1996       University Fellowship, University of Illinois, Chicago

 

PUBLIC PROJECTS

2011                Farbenweg, indirekter, Universalmuseum, Graz, Austria

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

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

 

 

FILMS AND VIDEOS

Arrow, 2002, video projection/sound including sub woofer, 28min

81N, 2001,16mm, color, silent, 11min

52°N, 1999,16mm, color, silent, 11min

Songs 1-9, 1998, b&w video, single channel, silent, continuous loops

Third, 1998, b&w video projection with live sound, 45min

Untitled film, 1996, color, silent, 1min

Schlafbau,1996 b&w video projection, sound, 13min

I, Bear, 1995, color video, sound, 6min

The Ballad of Myra Furrow, 1994, b&w video, sound, 5min

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

Gehend (Berlin: argobooks, 2013)

Cloud, the, 3 (Zürich: Christoph Keller Editions/JRP Ringier, 2007)

Helen Mirra im Grunewald (Berlin: DAAD, 2006)

Sky-wreck (Chicago: The Renaissance Society, 2002)

Field Geometry (Chicago: Explain, 2000)

Names & Poems (Chicago: Whitewalls, 1999)

Alow (Chicago: Herkimer, 1999)                   

Along, Below (Chicago: Herkimer, 1999)

Stowaway (Chicago: Herkimer, 1996)

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS AND MUSEUMS

The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

Dallas Museum of Art, Texas

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

FRAC Bretagne, Rennes, France

FRAC Ile-de-France, Paris, France

FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France

FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkirk, France

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, California

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York