The Assignment Book blog accompanies Luis Camnitzer’s exhibition of the same name, which is on view at The New School’s Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries September 21 – October 16, 2011 (see exhibition info below).

The Assignment Book project confronts viewers with a series of questions and conundrums to which they are invited to respond. This blog shows you the assignments and accompanying visuals that are exhibited in the gallery and asks you to leave your responses (be they words or images). In the gallery, people leave responses on paper that they then pin to the wall next to the assignment (photographs of the responses left in the gallery also appear on the blog).

Participate and leave your response by clicking on the individual assignments on the right or Assignments or the images on the homepage!


The Assignment Book: A Project by Luis Camnitzer

Curated by Christiane Paul and Trebor Scholz
Digital Media Coordinator: Christine Zenyi Lu

Wednesday, September 21 through Sunday, October 16, 2011
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 21, 6:30-9:00 pm

Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center,
Parsons The New School for Design, 66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, NY, NY

“In The Assignment Book I am trying to bridge the distance between artist and viewer, and start a dialogue and collective research instead of merely communicating by way of a monologue. I would like to share unresolved and sometimes ridiculous conundrums and questions that hopefully lead to critical inter- and multidisciplinary thinking, and unleash similar but collectively generated stimuli. Not unlike the blog format, answers and suggestions should enter the exhibition space so that the stage is shared with the visitors, leading to deinsitutionalized learning: Learning Without a School. In this I abandon the traditional declarative stance of the artist/teacher. Being accountable for how I deal with the assignments I become an unprotected artist/learner.”
– Luis Camnitzer

The Assignment Book is organized as part of the MobilityShifts International Future of Learning Summit (The New School, October 10-16,2011), http://www.mobilityshifts.org