AN INTRODUCTION TO ART THINKING Art Thinking Playlist Composed by Kaaitheater in collaboration with María Acaso

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Born in Lübeck (Germany) and raised in Uruguay, Luis Camnitzer moved to New York in the 1960s, where he focused on his art, essays and teaching. He was at the vanguard of 1960s Conceptualism, working primarily in printmaking, sculpture, and installations. Camnitzer’s artwork explores subjects such as repression under systems of power, pedagogical norms, and the deconstruction of familiar frameworks. In 1964 he founded the New York Graphic Workshop (1964–70) with artists Liliana Porter and José Guillermo Castillo. In 1971, he helped establish New York’s Museo Latinoamericano, and a splinter group, Movimiento de Independencia Cultural de Latino América (MICLA). His 2007 book Conceptualism in Latin American Art is widely considered one of the most influential texts on the subject. One of his most recent works and exhibitions entail the itinerant site-specific installation The Museum is a School (2009 - ) and the exhibition Hospice of Failed Utopias (2018) in Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid.

"I hold art as a reference for rigor: how interesting a problem may be in terms of expanding knowledge, how well a solution fits it, how well the solution is packaged for communication, and how generative it is once communicated." — Luis Camnitzer
"Art is a form of cognition. (...) It is about confronting knowledge with unbound and limitless imagination, to question systems of order, to look for alternative systems and unlikely connections, and to only then start negotiating feasibility in real and functional everyday life." — Luis Camnitzer

Luis Camnitzer at the Creative Summit New York 2015: the Art of Pedagogy. “I’m interested in merging both art and education to the point that they become indistinguishable. And use art as a form of cognition, not a form of production and use education as a form of creative expansion of knowledge, which is basically the same that should happen with art.” (10 min)

Luis Camnitzer talks about Art Thinking in relation to a work of him, “Art History #6”, which was presented in the Guggenheim show Under the Same Sun - Art from Latin America today

For that same exhibition, Camnitzer developed a ‘Teacher's Guide’: a series of “exercises” distilled from the methods and approaches of the artists in the show. Available as a pdf: download

Camnitzer’s essay, published on e-flux, in the frame of 56th Venice Biennal. One of the few texts in English where Camnitzer articulates his vision on art thinking. Read more

Maria Acaso

María Acaso is one of the most inspiring voices and advocates of Art Thinking in art education today. She is a cultural producer whose projects centre on defying the divisions between art and education, the academic and the popular, the theoretical and the practical; on developing a contemporary education and transforming the formats of knowledge transmission. A founding member of the Invisible Pedagogies collective. María is Head of Education at the Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain).

María Acaso – Mediation is everything | Interview on The Art Educator’s Talk (2016): thearteducatorstalk.net/en/?interview=maria-acaso-mediation-is-everything-2

From Art Education to artEducation: making the education revolution into the visual arts teaching arena | “If we analyze the visual complexity in which societies will have to develop in the future, we are going to have to reclaim the work related to visual elements as one of the basic competences of every citizen.” whtsnxt.net/179

Critical Citizens of the Present - Mediation, Micro-narrations, and Questioning Ourselves. | Introductory interview with Maria as new director of Education Department at Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid (2018): www.civicmuseums.com/criticalcitizens

Maria Acaso in conversation with Rosan Bosch - architect and strategic designer - , about Art Thinking - in Spanish with English subtitles (2020): rosanbosch.com/en/journal/learning-inspired-%C2%A0mar%C3%ADa-acaso%C2%A0creativity-and-art-thinking