the new school's college of performing arts announces appointment of pablo helguera to faculty

Pablo Helguera

January 21, 2021, New York - The New School announced today that Pablo Helguera joined the faculty of the College of Performing Arts as Assistant Professor, Arts Management and Entrepreneurship and to lead the college’s MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship program.

Having established a remarkably wide-ranging career in the arts, including installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, writing, and socially engaged art and performance, Helguera’s practice also includes an esteemed career in museum education as well as curation and musical composition. 

“Rarely have I come across an individual who has accomplished as much as Pablo Helguera. Rising to the top of an extraordinarily competitive applicant pool, Helguera’s career and practice will be an inspiration to all of the students for the mind-boggling depth and breadth of work and accomplishments. We all are excited to work with Pablo to advance the MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship, as well as the greater community of practice across The New School.” said Richard Kessler, Executive Dean, College of Performing Arts. 

For the past 13 years, Helguera served as Director of Adult and Academic Programs at the Museum of Modern Art. Prior to that, Helguera was head of public programs in the education department of the Guggenheim Museum.

"I am honored and thrilled to have joined the faculty of The New School—an institution whose mission and spirit I have long admired. I am really excited to work in the College of Performing Arts and to bring my experience in socially engaged art, arts administration and the contemporary visual arts to help students think of their practice in an interdisciplinary and expansive way and develop their ideas with and for various communities." said Helguera.

Synthesizing work as an educator with that of a practicing artist, Helguera’s work has included “The School of Panamerican Unrest,” a nomadic think tank that physically crossed the continent by car from Anchorage to Tierra del Fuego, making 40 stops in between. Covering almost 20,000 miles, it is considered one of the most extensive public art projects on record as well as a pioneering work of socially engaged art.

Helguera’s musical composition, “Endingness,” was performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and his work has been exhibited widely, including ICA Boston, RCA London, MOMA P.S. 1, the Brooklyn Museum, the 8th Havana Biennial, and many others.

A recipient of a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship, Helguera has received awards from Creative Capital, The Franklin Furnace, Art Matters, and many others.

The author of over a dozen books, including fiction, children’s books, and a novel, Helguera has taught at Portland State University in the Social Practice Program, NYU School for Continuing Studies, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has been visiting professor at RISD and the Hartford School of Art.

Helguera received his Ph.D., from Kingston University in London and his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2016 Helguera was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Kansas City Art Institute.

The College of Performing Arts at The New School (CoPA) was formed in 2015 and brings together the iconic Mannes School of Music, the legendary School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the ground-breaking School of Drama. With each school contributing its unique culture of creative excellence, the College of Performing Arts is a hub for cross-disciplinary collaboration, bold experimentation, innovative education, and world-class performances. 

As a part of The New School, students across CoPA experience a supportive and rigorous environment that provides abundant opportunities for collaboration with students and faculty in a wide array of disciplines including the visual arts, fashion, design and technology, architecture, philosophy, psychology, public policy, advocacy, and more. CoPA has over 1100 students seeking degrees and diplomas in performance, composition, acting, writing, as well as arts management and entrepreneurship. New York City’s Greenwich Village provides the backdrop for the College of Performing Arts, which is housed at Arnhold Hall on West 13th Street and the historic Westbeth Artists Community on Bank Street.

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and public programs that encourage open discourse and social engagement. Through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.


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