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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                Cample Line, Thornhill, Scotland. Acts for placing woolen and linen. (21 March –  25 May 2020). 

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, Netherlands. Voluntary Weathering (9 September – 14 October)

                        Incident Report, Hudson, New York, United States. INCIDENT 100 (Autumn 2017)

                        Kunst Meran / Merano Arte, Italy. gehen, weben / camminare, tessere (21 July – 1 October)

                        Andriesse Eyck Galerie, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Variable Weather (16 June – 29 July)

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

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

2014                Peter Freeman, Inc., New York, United States. Waulked (11 September – 25 October)

                        Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal. Edge Habit (7 June – 14 September)

                        Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Cambridge, MA. Hourly Directional (24 April – 6 June)

                        MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Hourly Directional, with Ernst Karel

                          (7 February – 6 April)

2013                Raffaella Cortese, Milan, Italy. Field, Western Japan (26 September - 16 November)

2012                Taka Ishii, Tokyo, Japan. Hourly directional field notation, Bretagne (10 November - 8 December)

                        Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland. gehend (Field Recordings 1 - 3) (23 February - 6 May)

2011                Peter Freeman Inc., New York, United States. 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, Germany (27 November 2011 – 29 January 2012)

                        Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland (23 February - 29 April 2012)

                        Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden. Field Index 3 (26 May - 26 June)

2009                Galerie Nelson-Freeman, Paris, France. Conscience de pierre (14 November – 22 January 2010)

                        Meyer Riegger Galerie, Berlin, Germany. 33 Bergwanderwege (29 April - 6 June)

                        Taka Ishii, Kyoto, Japan. Case Study: Swiss Bird Houses (10 January – 14  February)

2008                Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden. Quarry (17 February- 20 March)

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

2006                Peter Freeman, Inc., New York, United States. Break Camp (9 November - 20 January 2007) 

                        University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States. Instance the Determination (27 April 2006 – June 2009)

                        Galerie Nelson-Freeman, Paris, France. Käuzchensteig (25 February - 7 Aril)

2005                PIAC (Piattaforma internazionale arte contemporanea), Ragusa, Italy. Helen Mirra

                          (24 September - 30 November)

                        Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, United States. Laws of clash, 247 (26 May - July)

                        DAAD Galerie, Berlin, Germany. Cloud, the, 3 (23 March - 13 May)         

2004                Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas, United States. 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, United States. Helen Mirra: Hewn third (4 March - 17 April)   

2003                University of California at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California,

                        United States. Matrix 209: 65 Instants (23 November - 25 January 2004)

                        Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England. Helen Mirra (21 March - 19 April)

2002                DYG Projects, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, United States. Arrow 

                          (22 November 2002 – January 2003)

                        Whitney Museum of American Art: Contemporary Series, New York, United States. Declining Interval Lands     

                          (September 21 – 8 December)

2001                Meyer Riegger Galerie, Art 32 Basel, Basel, Switzerland. Miller's Views, Statements (13 – 18 June)

                        The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States. Sky-Wreck 

                           (6 May – 24 June)

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

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2019                Essex Street, New York. Concerning superfluities. (1 November - 22 December 2019)

                        Marcelle Alix, Paris. Marcelle Alix ouverte. (30 October - 30 November 2019)

                        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, United Kingdom. In the Labyrinth. (8 February – 5 April)

                        Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. 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, Pennsylvania, United States. To chance, to wander (13 April – 27 May)

                        Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Massachusetts, United States. 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, Bennington, Vermont, United States. 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, Belgium. Ballistic poetry (23 April – 2 July)

                        Large Glass, London, England. Suchness. Helen Mirra / Allyson Strafella (14 April – 24 June)

                        Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany. 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, Texas, United States. 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, United States. 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, United States. 

                          Walking Sculpture 1967– 2015 

                          (9 May – 13 September)

                        Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado, United States. Second Chances (20 March – 28 June)

                        Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, United States. Apparition: Frottages and Rubbings from 1870 to Now 

                          Curated by Allegra Pesenti. (7 Feb – 31 May).  

2014                Luciana Caravello, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Falso movimento (12 December 2014  – 17 January 2015)

                        Large Glass, London, England. Indeterminacy (28 Nov 2014 – 27 Feb 2015)

2013                Churner and Churner, New York, United States. Dust Breeding (27 June - August)

                        The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada. Postscript (21 June - 2 September)     

                        Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, United States. Tehachapi (25 May – 29 June)

                        CA2M, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, Spain. Sin Motivo Aparente (9 May – 16 October)

                        Mudam Luxembourg, Luxembourg. L’Image papillon (The Butterfly Images) (23 March - 8 September)

                        PROJECTSD, Barcelona, Spain. Map, Record, Picture, Sculpture (19 March - 26 April)

                        FRAC Ile de France/Le Plateau, Paris, France. Paint It Black (14 March - 12 May)

                        Passatge Mercader 8, Barcelona, Spain. Patricia Dauder, Helen Mirra, Guillaume Leblon and Christoph Weber

                          (8 March - 19 April)

2012                MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. In the Holocene

                          (18 October 2012 ‑ 6 January 2013)

                        Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Colorado, United States. 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, Netherlands.

                          There was a country where they were all thieves (4 May - June 7)

                        Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo, Norway. Unfinished Journeys (16 March - May 20)

                        FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France. Formes Breves, Autres, 25 (27 January - 8 April)

                        Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona, United States. 

                          economy of means: toward humility in contemporary sculpture (21 January ‑ 29 April)

2011                Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany. 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, Solothurn, Switzerland. Science & Fiction (20 July - 6 November)

                        Firth Street Gallery, London, England. Look with all your eyes, look (15 July - 30 September)

                        Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria. Vermessung der Welt (Measuring the World)

                          Curated by Katrin Bucher Trantow, Peter Pakesch. (11 June - 4 September)

                        Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy. Essential Art Curated by Federico Ferrari.

                          (11 April 2011 - 1 January 2012)

                        Franco Noero, Torino, Italy. Five Easy Pieces (24 February - 2 April)

                        Diapason Gallery, New York, United States. Swiss mountain transport systems: Ernst Karel and Helen Mirra

                          (8, 15, 22, & 29 January)

2010                Daadgalerie, Berlin, Germany. 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, Lille, 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, Germany. Chapter Four: World Wraps (19 September - January 2010)

                        Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden. Livsformer/Life Forms (16 September – 10 January 2010)

                        Glassell School, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, United States. Reduced Visibility

                          (4 September - 15 November)

                        Musée d’art moderne de Saint-Etienne Métropole, Saint-Etienne, France. Fragile (16 May - 16 August)

                        Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. 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, Germany. Political/Minimal (November 2008 – 25 January 2009)

                        Kunstverein Hildesheim, 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, Germany. Drawing a Tiger (28 September - 24 October)

                        Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. 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, Norway. Dump: Postmodern Sculpture in the                

                          Dissolved Field (5 March - 19 August)

                        Inova (Institute for Visual Art), Milwaukee, WI. Place of the Transcommon (2 February – 16 March)

2006                Galerie Lelong, New York, United States. Spectrum (9 December 2006 - 28 January 2007)

                        Mary Mary, Glasgow, Scotland. 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, Canada. Variations on the Picturesque 

                          (10 December 2005 - 19 March 2006)

                        Creative Time, the High Line, New York, United States. The Plain of Heaven Curated by Peter Eleey.

                          (14 October - 20 November)

                        White Columns, New York, United States. 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, the Netherlands. Tropical Abstraction (10 June - 21 August)

2004                Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, United States. Material as Metaphor (10 December 2004 – 15 January 2005)

                        Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. Formalismus. Moderne Kunst, heute (9 October 2004 - 9 January 2005)

                        Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States. Fine Words Butter No Cabbage (29 August - 2 October)

                        Galerie Kamm, Berlin, Germany. Black Friday: Exercises in Hermetics (10 July – 11 September)

2003                Sculpture Center, New York, United States. Paper Sculpture (7 September - 7 December)

                        Kunsthalle Basel, 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, Hamburg, Germany. Zusammenhänge herstellen (29 June – 25 August)

                        Galerie Georg Kargl, Vienna, Austria. Waiting for the Ice Age (19 January - 9 March)                                                                                                                      

2001                Block Museum, Chicago, Illinois, United States. Seems: Integrations with the Physical and Social

                          Periphery of the Museum (23 September - 10 December)

                        ApexArt, New York, United States. Making the Making (5 January - 3 February)

2000                Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois, United States. Age of Influence
                          (23 September - 10 December)

                        Donald Young, Chicago, Illinois, United States. Sound, Video, Film (5 May – 10 June)

1998                Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Trance
                          (6 October 1998 - 10 January 1999)

1997                Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nremberg, Germany. Some Kind of Heaven (20 February – 27 April).

                          Exhibition travelled: South London Gallery, London, England (4 June - 13 July)

1996                Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Up Close
                          and Personal (31 December 1996 - 2 March 1997)

                        The Renaissance Society, Chicago, Illinois, United States. Persona (10 March - 21 April). Exhibition      

                          travelled: Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland

 

 

AWARDS

 

2013                Artist-in-Residence, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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

2008-2009       Stiftung Laurenz Haus Residency, Basel, Switzerland

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

2007                International Studio Program, Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway

2005                Artist in Residence, Berliner Künstlerprogramm, DAAD, Berlin, Germany

2004                Alpert Ucross Residency Award, Wyoming

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

2001                Driehaus Individual Artist Award, Chicago, Illinois, United States

1999                Louis Comfort Tiffany Award

1997-1998       Macdowell Residency, Peterborough, New Hampshire, United States

1996                Jessica Holt Award, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, United States

1995-1996       University Fellowship, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, United States

 

 

PUBLIC PROJECTS

 

2011                Farbenweg, indirekter, Universalmuseum, Graz, Austria

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

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

 

 

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, San Francisco, California

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, New York

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York