Exhibitions

Helen Mirra, Hourly Directional

Fall 2014 Exhibition

From September 2 through October 17, 2014, the exhibition will be open on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The reception for this exhibition will take place on September 22 and will immediately follow "Somatic Paradigms: A Conversation with Yukio Lippit, Helen Mirra, and Alise Upitis," at 4:15 pm.

Free and open to the public.


Since 2010 Helen Mirra has been engaged in an ongoing project in which daylong walks generate artworks and vice versa. These walks correspond with an overlapping cycle of exhibitions. At the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Mirra is making an exhibition in two parts—the first installed last spring and the second this fall—that bring to the fore notions of nonredundant repetition, change, and chance, which underlie the cyclic nature of the overall project. 

The exhibition takes place in the Byerly Hall Gallery and also in the halls and stairwells of the Institute’s Knafel Center and Schlesinger Library. In Knafel and Schlesinger, sets of text and image, now doubled, appear together in the same locations as the first installation. The works staying in place from the spring are from walkings made in the autumn of 2013 by Mirra in the Italian Dolomites; those newly added are from subsequent walkings made in the spring of 2014 by Margarita Cardosa in the Southern Sierra of Ecuador. The works in Byerly result from walkings made in late June 2014 by Mirra on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

Hourly Directional is in conjunction with another exhibition with the same title—for which Mirra collaborated with Ernst Karel—which consisted of a single quadraphonic sound work made over the course of walks in Mata Atlantica, Brazil. That exhibition was on view at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in the spring of 2014. The List and Radcliffe together produced Edge Habitat Materials, 1995-2009 (Chicago: WhiteWalls Press), an idiosyncratic survey of Mirra’s practice up to when the walkings began. Edge Habitat, a comprehensive survey of Mirra’s text-line works, is on view at Culturgest in Lisbon, Portugal through September 14. Mirra also has a solo show at Peter Freeman in New York on view September 12–October 25, and in the context of the 15th anniversary of the artist grant program Artadia, she will be walking from one place to another in New York City most days during the three-week period of September 15–October 3, focused on developing the half-smile as described by Thich Nhat Hanh. For more information, visit http://hmirra.net/halfsmiler.