Pablo Helguera

Visual Arts, 2005

Pablo Helguera, a native of Mexico City, is a New York–based artist whose work spans from photography to drawing, performance to installation. His work has been extensively exhibited internationally and reviewed by The New York Times, Art in America, Artforum, Flash Art, Tema Celeste and Art Nexus, amongst others. Helguera has worked for over 15 years in U.S. museums and is the Director of Adult and Academic Programs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Previously, he was the head of public programs at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Co-Director of the International Forum of Contemporary Art Experts in ARCO, Madrid and Director of the 5th Symposium of Contemporary Art Theory in Mexico City. He has been juror of biennial exhibitions in Guatemala, Costa Rica and the national contemporary art competition of San Juan. He has written four books: Endingness (2005), Las Brujas de Tepoztlán (2007), The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary Art Style (Spanish edition, 2005; English 2007) and a novel, The Boy Inside the Letter (2007). He is represented by Enrique Guerrero Gallery in Mexico City. He received a BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago.

Awards and Accomplishments


Helguera is one of A Blade of Grass' inaugural Fellows for Socially Engaged Art


Helguera and five other Creative Capital Artists perform in BAM's Next Wave Festival in Brooklyn


Helguera publishes his first book, Art Scenes: The Social Scripts of the Art World


Helguera performs in the Creative Time Summit

2011: Helguera receives the first International Award for Participatory Art, sponsored by the Legislative Assembly of the Emilia-Romagna Regional Government (Italy)

2010: Helguera is a finalist for the new International Award for Participatory Art and is invited to spend a research period in Bologna, Italy, to develop a site-specific project

2008: Helguera receives Latin American and Caribbean Guggenheim Fellowship

2006: Helguera receives Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant

2006: Helguera receives residency at Center for Book Arts in New York