Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


Ernesto Pujol to present Visitation, a one-day performance at the Spencer
  • Ernesto Pujol to present Visitation, a one-day performance at the Spencer
  • Performance
  • 3/15/2011
  • 10:00-16:00
  • Spencer Museum of Art
  • Host: Spencer Museum of Art
Event Description
The Spencer Museum of Art will become an experimental performance laboratory for a day as performance artist Ernesto Pujol conceptualizes the representation of gaze-the artist as the embodiment of our human gaze. He stages performance as walking, pausing, looking, tracing, drawing. For the Spencer he has created Visitation, a site-specific performance based on the history of painting, as an act of copying the entire contents on view within the Museum on this given day, creating a painterly time capsule, shadow-collecting all visual experience. Pujol engages in a silent institutional intervention, gentle and laborious, through the body of the artist for an entire uninterrupted day, from opening to closing time. His durational piece can be followed through a trail of drawings, left on view all day, freely handled by the audience. This is an eight-hour work that can be imitated by students, who can come and go, drawing with Pujol, ultimately ending in a humble exit after the Museum is formally flooded with paper.

Ernesto Pujol is a contemporary performance artist with a site-specific public practice. He is interested in performance as the portraiture of a place and a people. Pujol is currently a graduate advisor at the Parsons School of Design, and is the founder and director of The Field School project and the new UteHaus performance group. His writings can be found in "Awake: Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art," and "Learning Mind: Experience Into Art," edited by Mary Jane Jacob. Born in Cuba and raised in Puerto Rico, the artist works between New York and the West/Midwest.