Helen Mirra, Hourly Directional

Spring 2014 Exhibition
Hourly Directional exhibit

There will be a talk by Helen Mirra at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, in Radcliffe’s Fay House, Sheerr Room, followed by the opening reception at 5:30 p.m. in Byerly Hall  

From April 24 through June 6, the exhibit will be open on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Since 2010 Mirra has been engaged in an ongoing project in which long walks generate artworks and vice versa. These walks correspond with an overlapping cycle of exhibitions that perpetuate her ongoing project. The most recent works—made from walks in the Dolomites, in Italy—consist of terse field notes paired with notational black-and-white photographs that mark time rather than document the landscape. Mirra will present these works in the Byerly Hall gallery of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and in the halls and stairwells of the Institute’s Knafel Center and Schlesinger Library. Using multiple sites follows the precedent Mirra set with her public project Instance the Determination (2006), which consists of individually hand-painted texts dispersed throughout the academic buildings at the University of Chicago.

Mirra’s next expedition is to the southern Sierra of Ecuador, and the resulting works will follow the same protocol. The second part of this exhibition will occur in September, when the now-doubled sets of text and image will appear together in the same locations as the first installation, indexing a nonredundant repetition.

Hourly Directional is occurring in conjunction with an exhibition that shares the same title—for which Mirra collaborated with Ernst Karel—which consists 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 February 6–April 6, 2014.  

The List and Radcliffe are together producing Edge Habitat Materials, 1995–2009 (WhiteWalls Press, forthcoming), a book surveying Mirra’s work up to when her walking began. Two related books authored by Mirra are to be published concurrently: Durchschriften (Merve Verlag), a collection of writings, and Views from Rocks (Culturgest), a book of photographs from the vantage point of rocks that were borrowed from the Swiss mountains in 1998 and returned in 2013.

Mirra has received awards from Artadia, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. She was an artist-in-residence at the Consortium for the Arts at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and has been a guest of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD, Iaspis (Stockholm), Office for Contemporary Art Norway (Oslo), and Stiftung Laurenz-Haus (Basel). Edge Habitat, a comprehensive survey of Mirra’s text-line works, will open at Culturgest in Lisbon, Portugal, in June 2014.