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    Presented by at Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

    March 3 - April 7, 2011




    Curated by Jose Falconi, and developed over the course of three years, On Academia is the latest project by renowned Spanish artist Antoni Muntadas, recipient of the Velázquez Visual Arts Prize in 2009. Conceived as a site specific project for Harvard University, On Academia is an inquiry on the problematic relations between the production of knowledge and economic power. Thus, for the last years, Muntadas and his team of collaborators first researched the history of “academia” as an institution in the Western world, since its inception until its present challenges, and then proceeded to interview more than a dozen of renowned faculty members at Harvard and other research universities across the United States, which include Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Bradley Epps, Thomas Cummins, Doris Sommer, John Coatsworth, David Harvey, and Fernando Coronil, among others.

    After its premier at the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts this Spring 2011, the video will be exhibited at the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, in Madrid, where a major retrospective of Muntadas' work is scheduled to open in Fall 2011.

    This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.

    Born in Barcelona, Spain in 1942, Muntadas has lived and worked in New York since 1971. His work addresses social, political and communications issues, the relationship between public and private space within social frameworks, and investigations of channels of information and the ways they may be used to censor central information or promulgate ideas. He works in a variety of media including photography, video, publications, internet and multi-media installations. His works have been exhibited throughout the world, including the Venice Biennale, Documenta Vl and X in Kassel, the Sao Paulo Biennal, la Biennale de Lyon et La Havana and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Berkeley Art Museum in California, the Wexner Arts Center in Columbus, Ohio, le Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montreal, le Capc de Bordeaux, France, the Museu de Arte Moderna de Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Hungary and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain. He studied at the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales in Barcelona and the Pratt Graphic Center in New York. He has taught and directed seminars at the University of California in San Diego, the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Bordeaux and Grenoble, the CAVS at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris, the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, Cooper Union in New York and many other institutions. Muntadas has received several prizes and grants including those of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Arts Electronica in Linz/Austria, Laser d'Or in Locarno, Switzerland and the Premi Nacional d'Arts Plastiques de la Generalitat de Catalunya. He created works commissioned by the Centre Nacionale des Arts Plastiques in Paris, the Fonds d'Arts Publiques in Marseille, the Public Art Fund in New York, and has been resident artist and consulting advisor in several research and education centers including the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, the Banff Center in Canada, Arteleku in San Sebastian, Spain and the University of Western Sydney in Australia.

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