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The Foreign Legion by Pablo Helguera is an official selection for Performa 05
the First Biennial of Visual Performance Art in New York.

The Foreign Legion, by Pablo Helguera

Co-presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Gigantic ArtSpace [GAS]

November 10 and 11 @ 7 pm
Seating is limited. RSVP recommended.
The performance will be held at at the LMCC: 15 Nassau, Corner of Pine Street

What do the last days of Hermann Rorschach, operatic verismo, and Saint Anthony the Abbott have in common? This unconventional one-act opera written by Pablo Helguera intertwines live critique with thematic counterpoints and juxtapositions that road on the edge of truth and irony.

The work is part of The Imaginary Forum of Mental Sculpture, an annual public program designed to bridge the interstice between interpretive discussion and art.

Helguera works in a variety of media in which he often incorporates scripted fiction, documentary narrative, hermetic thought, the lecture format, and music. His works embrace the contemporary ambiguous threshold between reality and fiction, often playing with the viewer's expectations and commenting on our cultural, historical and social surroundings. He has performed at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the RCA in London, amongst many others, as well as in nearly 20 countries worldwide. He is the author of Endingness (2005) and the Manual of Contemporary Art Style (forthcoming in 2006), a social etiquette manual for the art world.


"an acute sense of imitation and detail, and a ironic use of associative symbols"
-Susan Snodgrass, Art in America

"With the profile of a Mexican Barrymore, Helguera is an engaging presence onstage"
-Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times

"delighful, messy, and illuminating"
-John Ewing, Art Nexus

"[Pablo Helguera's performance at Julia Friedman Gallery] has definitely upped the ante on art openings"
-James Wagner

The Foreign Legion, by Pablo Helguera, is presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), Gigantic Artspace (GAS), and the Second Imaginary Forum of Mental Sculpture, for PERFORMA 05. LMCC¹s 15 Nassau program is made possible through the lead support of the September 11th Fund. Additional funding provided by ConEdison, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and The May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation. Space generously donated by Silverstein Properties.