Artist Projects

The School of Panamerican Unrest


Pablo Helguera

The School of Panamerican Unrest is an artist-led, not-for-profit public art project that sought to generate connections between the different regions of the Americas through discussions, performances, screenings, and collaborations between organizations and individuals. Its main component was a nomadic forum or think-tank that traveled from Anchorage, Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina, in Tierra del Fuego. It included a collapsible and movable “schoolhouse/museum” and a videotape library of images related to utopianism. Public workshops and lectures were conducted (and documented) at each stop. The work explores the history of utopian thought and political ideas of freedom throughout the Americas.

Project Updates

  • 2011: The School of Panamerican Unrest: An Anthology of Documents is published by Jorge Pinto Books

  • 2006: The School of Panamerican Unrest premieres at the Americas Society in New York

  • 2007: The School of Panamerican Unrest is exhibited at the Armory Show in New York

  • 2007: The School of Panamerican Unrest is exhibited at San Francisco World’s Fair

  • 2007: The School of Panamerican Unrest is exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago