Luis Camnitzer

A Museum is a School

2009-Present

A Museum is a School, 2009–present

Site-specific installation

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 2011

A Museum is a School, 2009–present

Site-specific installation

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 2011

A Museum is a School, 2009–present

Site-specific installation

Museo de Arte Ponce, 2012

A Museum is a School, 2009–present

Site-specific installation

El Museo del Barrio, 2011

Description

Concepts of pedagogy and art education form the crux of Camnitzer’s A Museum Is A School. This touring site-specific installation is displayed prominently on the exterior of an institution of fine art. The title of the work defines the museum as a space for education; the subtext, The artist learns to communicate, the public learns to make connections, assigns new roles to artists and their audience, establishing them as colleagues. By re-defining the museum, Camnitzer re-contextualizes the work housed inside. Art becomes as a dynamic process rather than a product, a means of acquiring and expanding knowledge; the museum becomes a forum for exchange.