Luis Camnitzer (born 1937) is a German-born Uruguayan artist and academic who resides in the United States. He is a conceptual artist who creates work in a variety of media—including installation, printmaking, drawing, and photography—that breaks down limitations and questions that define the center versus the periphery. Though only select works deal with explicitly political content, he states that all of his art is deeply political, “in the sense of wanting to change society.” His approach often utilizes language to underscore issues of power and commodification, exploring the relationship between images, objects, and texts.

About Portland State University Art and Social Practice MFA Lecture Series

Organized by PSU’s Art and Social Practice MFA students in coordination with associate professor Harrell Fletcher, this series includes a wide variety of lecturers including artists, writers, farmers, educators, curators, and administrators whose work in someway relates to the field of art and social practice. PSU’s Art and Social Practice MFA, which is co-directed by Fletcher and Jen Delos Reyes, is constructed as a “flexible residency” so that students can choose to live in or away from Portland during the three year program. This year eight of the nineteen MFA students will be living remotely, and each of them will host a lecture in their own location which will be broadcast via the internet to Portland. All of the other thirteen lectures will take place at PSU. Sign up for our PSU Lecture email list to stay informed on these weekly Monday lectures and the occasional Wednesday night PSU Studio Art Lecture Series.

The Luis Camnitzer lecture is co-sponsored by the OCAC/PNCA MFA in Applied Craft and Design. The lecture series is sponsored in part by Dave and Erika Cianciulli, The Platt Family, and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.