LACAP presents 2012 Latin American Speakers Series: Luis Camnitzer (Toronto)



LACAP is proud to present the 2012 LATIN AMERICAN SPEAKERS SERIES

The Latin American Speakers Series aims to contextualize Latin American art within Canada as well as enrich our understanding of Latin American art from both the continent and the Diaspora. Through lectures, audio-visual presentations and discussions, the series serves as an opportunity for cultural exchange. This year we bring together a diverse range of artists and local contributors who will reflect on a broad range of aesthetics and perspectives. Internationally renowned Luis Camnitzer, Marcos Ramírez ERRE and Los Carpinteros share and discuss their projects engaging the viewer to reassess the shifting economic, political and social outcomes of our times.

The Latin American Speakers Series is curated by Tamara Toledo and is presented by the Latin American Canadian Art Projects (LACAP).

Thursday, February 9, 2012
7:30 PM
Hart House Music Room,
University of Toronto,
7 Hart House Circle
Free Admission (Please arrive at 7PM to reserve your seat)

Presented by LACAP, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the MVS Art Department at the University of Toronto.

Moderated by Rodrigo Barreda

Luis Camnitzer will present an overview of his work of the last sixty years as a Latin American artist living and functioning in New York who tries not to lose the perspectives provided by his original background and education.

Luis Camnitzer is a German-born Uruguayan artist who has lived in the United States since 1964. He is a Professor Emeritus of Art, State University of New York College at Old Westbury. He graduated in sculpture from the Escuela de Bellas Artes, Universidad de la República and studied architecture at the same university in Uruguay. He received a Guggenheim fellowship for Printmaking in 1961 and for Visual Arts in 1982. In 1965 he was declared Honorary Member of the Academy in Florence. In 1998 he received the Latin American Art Critic of the Year Award from the Argentine Association of Art Critics. Camnitzer is recipient of the 2002 Konex Mercosur Award in the Visual Arts for Uruguay. In 2011 he received the Frank Jewitt Mather Award of the College Art Association and the Printer Emeritus Award of the SGCI. Most recently, Camnitzer received the 2012 Skowhegan Medal for Artistic Achievement. Luis Camnitzer has participated in numerous biennials such as the Venice Biennial (1988), Havana Biennial (1984, 1986, 1991) Liverpool Biennials (1999, 2003), Whitney Biennial (2000) and Documenta XI (2002). His work can be found in the collections of over thirty museums, such as: the Museum of Modern Art (New York); Metropolitan Museum (New York); Whitney Museum (New York); Museo de Bellas Artes (Caracas); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (São Paulo); Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires and the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo de Costa Rica. He is presently the Pedagogical Advisor for the Cisneros Foundation in New York.

Luis Camnitzer is the author of: New Art of Cuba, Arte y Enseñanza: La ética del poder, Didactics of Liberation: Conceptualist Art in Latin America, and On Art, Artists, Latin America and Other Utopias.

Rodrigo Barreda is a Chilean-Canadian graphic artist, art director and curator. He is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design in Advertising and studied graphic design at George Brown College. His work is concerned with the study of political art and graphics. Barreda is an arts organizer in Toronto and is the co-founder of the Allende Arts Festival (2003), the Latin American-Canadian Art Projects (2005) and the Latin American Art Centre Collective (2010). He has also led the implementation of various community art initiatives in the city, such as the Victor Jara Lane Project (2006), The Solidaridad Museum Project (2007) and the Art of the Americas Project (2008). Barreda presently leads the Organizational Capacity Building effort within the Latin American Arts Centre Collective organization and is Manager of Graphic Design at United Way of Greater Toronto.

About the Curator:

Tamara Toledo is a Toronto-based visual artist and curator. Toledo is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and holds an MFA from York University. Toledo is co-founder of the Allende Arts Festival and is the Executive Director of the Latin American Art Projects. Toledo’s curatorial projects include: Alienation (De Leon White Gallery), Idiomática (Lennox Gallery), Pilgrimage of Wanderers (A Space Gallery), Home Sweet Hogar (Artscape Wychwood Barns) and the Latin American Speakers Series. Toledo’s essays on Latin American art have been published in various art journals and magazines.

For more information please contact:

Keli Maksud
601 Christie Street, Suite 255
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6G 4C7

LACAP gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. LACAP would also like to acknowledge the support of its staff and volunteers; its media sponsor See Through Web; its hotel sponsor InterContinental Toronto Centre; and its partners: Prefix, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, the MVS Program at the University of Toronto and Hart House.