Helen Mirra

Helen Mirra was born in 1970 in Rochester, New York. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts


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

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



Instance the Determination, public project, University of Chicago

Helen Mirra & Alison Knowles, Unimedia Modern, and Pinksummer Contemporary Art, Genoa

Helen Mirra, Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Vermont

Quarry, Nordenhake, Stockholm

Grotesk Gegend, Alte Fabrik (Gebert Stiftung für Kultur), Rapperswil

Waldau, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe

Break camp, Peter Freeman, New York

Cloud, the, 3, DAAD Galerie, Berlin

Käuzchensteig, Galerie Nelson, Paris

PIAC (Piattaforma internazionale arte contemporanea) Ragusa

Laws of clash, 247, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago

Sudden and creeping violence, Dallas Museum of Art: Concentrations 45

Miscellaneous papers, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe

Hewn third, Peter Freeman, New York

65 instants, Matrix: UC Berkeley Art Museum

Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

Arrow, DYG Projects, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago

48°N, Backdrop, (with Gaylen Gerber) Michael Hall Galerie, Vienna

Nicola Sacco, Galleria Francesca Kaufmann, Milano

Declining IntervalLands, Whitney Museum of American Art: Contemporary Series,New York

Miller’s Views, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Art Statements, Art 32 Basel

Sky-wreck, The Renaissance Society, Chicago

beforsten, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe

Latitude Lines and Railroad Ties, Gasser & Grunert, New York

Chicago Project Room, Chicago

Rx (project space), Chicago

Chicago Project Room, Chicago
1996 Here but not here, (with Charles Goldman) Gallery 400, Chicago


Observing beast, time, evolution: Kunst und Naturwissenschaft, Kunstverein Hildesheim

and the Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum Hildesheim

Ready-Made, Yvon Lambert, Paris

Vertrautes Terrain. Aktuelle Kunst in/über Deutschland, ZKM, Karlsruhe

Italia Italie Italien Italy Wlochy, Museo ARCOS, Benevento

Drawing a Tiger, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin

Marta schweigt. Garde le silence, le silence te gardera, MARTa Herford

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

Art Unlimited, Art 37 Basel

Planting the tele, Mary Mary, Glasgow

Into a Journey, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe

Helen Mirra, Sharon Harper, Carpenter Center, Harvard Unversity, Cambridge

Sonambiente, festival für hören und sehen, Berlin

Spectrum, Galerie Lelong, New York

The Plain of Heaven, curated by Peter Eleey, at the end of 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 Gallery, Tokyo

Variations on the Picturesque, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Ontario Canada

Tropical Abstraction, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam

Material as Metaphor (Beuys, Balka, Kiaer, Manders, Mirra) Tanya Bonakdar, New York

Formalismus. Moderne Kunst, heute. Kunstverein Hamburg

Black Friday: Exercises in Hermetics, Galerie Kamm, Berlin. organized by Christoph Keller

Fine Words Butter No Cabbage, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago

Delays and Revolutions, 50th Venice Biennale (italian pavilion)

Paper Sculpture, Sculpture Center, New York. travelling

Subject Index, The Pond, Chicago

Going A Journey, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver

There’s no land but the land, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe

Land, Land (with Rivane Neunschwander and Katya Strunz) Kunsthalle Basel

Art Projects, Art Basel: Miami. curated by James Rondeau

Here and now, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago

Zusammenhänge herstellen, Kunstverein Hamburg

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

Tirana Biennial 1, Albania

Fresh, New Museum, New York

untitled 654321, Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense

Contextual, Chicago Cultural Center

Making the Making, Apex Art, New York

Seems, Block Museum, Chicago

Age of Influence, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Sound, Video, Film, Donald Young, Chicago

Static, Grand Central Arts, Santa Ana, California

You Smile and I Am Rubbing My Eyes, Jacob Fabricius, Copenhagen

The Stroke, Exit Art/The First World, New York

Trance, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Pandemonium, London Electronic Arts, London

Video & Film, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Some Kind of Heaven, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, D, and South London Gallery

Up Close, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Found Footage, Gasser & Grunert, Cologne

Persona, The Renaissance Society, Chicago and Kunsthalle Basel


Arrow, video projection/sound including subwoofer, 28min., 2002

81°N, 16mm film, color, silent, 11min., 2001

52°N, 16mm film, color, silent, 11min., 1999

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

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

untitled film, color, silent, 1min., 1996

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

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

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

Cloud, the, 3, afterword by Lyn Hejinian. Christoph Keller Editions, 2007

Helen Mirra im Grunewald, essay by Friedrich Meschede. DAAD Berlin, 2006

Sky-wreck, texts by Hamza Walker, Ben Marcus, Jen Bervin. The Renaissance Society, 2002

Names & Poems. Whitewalls, 1999

Alow. Herkimer, 1999


with Fred Frith: Quangsi – Quail (forthcoming)

with Ernst Karel: Maps of Parallels 41° & 49°N (forthcoming)

Field Geometry. Explain:, 2000

Along, Below. Herkimer, 1999

Stowaway (Herkimer, 1996)


IASPIS, Stockholm, SE, 2010

Stiftung Laurenz Haus, Basel, CH, 2008-09

Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue (Boston), 2007

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

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

Alpert Ucross Residency Award, 2004

Artist-in-residence, Center for Book Arts, Mills College, Oakland CA, March 2004

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

Driehaus Individual Artist Award, 2001

Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, 1999

Macdowell Residency, 1998

Jessica Holt Award, University of Illinois, 1996

University Fellowship, University of Illinois, 1995-96