In this work located on the front façade of the Belkin Art Gallery, artist Luis Camnitzer explores the relationship between education and museums. Camnitzer sees his artistic practice and his role as an educator as one in the same; his work is often conceived in the hopes of expanding knowledge by encouraging people to be free in how they use their imagination and make connections between ideas. He has said that “Speculation should not just confirm knowledge but open it up to the unexpected.” By placing the museum in the role of the educator, Camnitzer challenges traditional modes of art appreciation in favor of an open process of questioning that is generated by the work of art. This billboard project is part of the touring exhibition, Luis Camnitzer, organized by Daros Lantinamerica, Zürich, and curated by Hans-Michael Herzog and Katrin Steffen. Before being installed at the Belkin Gallery, the billboard was exhibited at the El Museo del Barrio in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit. In each place, the billboard is reproduced with the institution’s own typography.
Luis Camnitzer is internationally recognized as a critic, educator, theorist and visual artist. Born in Lübeck, Germany in 1937, Camnitzer and his Jewish parents fled to Uruguay in 1939. He has lived and worked in New York since 1964. His work often deals with the ambiguities of identity, language, exile, imprisonment, and the experience of reality.
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