Pablo Helguera (b. 1971)

Long Time Ago (2012)

to be Spoken Alone During a Holiday
(with an Experiential Soundtrack)

  1. En Fermant les Yeux (1884)
    Manon- Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
    Piano: Beatriz-Helguera Snow
    [recorded in 1920s technology)

  2. Una Furtiva Lagrima (1838)
    L’Elisir D’Amore, Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)
    [recorded on phonograph record, 1900 technology]
    Shawn Borri, technician

  3. Vecchia Zimarra (1896)
    La Boheme, Giacomo Puccini

  4. Maria, Mari (c. 1899)
    Vincenzo Russo (1876-1904) – Mario di Capua (1865-1917)

  5. La Cruz Azul
    Pedro J. González (1915-1978)

  6. Rockaway (2012)
    Adapted from “Galway Bay” by
    Francis Fahy (1834-1935)*

    *Rockaway is a song with adapted lyrics from an original Irish song known as “Galway Bay” by Francis Fahy (1854-1935). On the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, this adapted song is dedicated to this area of Queens that historically was known as the “Irish Riviera”, first performed at the Queens Museum on November 18th, 2012.

  7. In a Garden so Green
    Anonymous Scottish Song
    Pub. Forbes, Cantus, Songs and Fancies, 1662

  8. Long Time Ago (1950)
    Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
    Piano: Beatriz-Helguera Snow
    [recorded in 1950s technology]

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Pablo Helguera (Mexico City, 1971) creates work that focuses on history, pedagogy, sociolinguistics and anthropology in formats such as lectures, museum displays, performance and written fiction. His project The School of Panamerican Unrest (2003-2011), an early example of pedagogically-focused social practice, consisted in a nomadic think-tank, physically crossed the continent by car from Anchorage to Tierra del Fuego. He has exhibited widely internationally (MoMA, Havana Biennial, Performa, Reina Sofia, amongst many others) and has been recipient of the Guggenheim and the Creative Capital grant amongst many others.  He was the first recipient of the International Award of Participatory Art of the Emilia Romagna Region in Italy.  His book Education for Socially Engaged Art, (2011), a primer for social practice has quickly become adopted as a main textbook for art schools and university programs internationally.

He is also author of several other  books including The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary Art Style, Theatrum Anatomicum (and other performance lectures), What in the World, and Art Scenes: The Social Scripts of the Art World, a book on the sociology of contemporary art.