In the 1970s, Beatriz González shaped a unique learning project: a Guides School that met regularly to read texts on aesthetics, prepare guided visits to exhibitions, and learn about art history. The singular work dynamics were conceived by the artist: each session was prepared by a different member of the group, making use of the archive that González had built up over the years.
Guides School and other Protocols of Contemplation
In this AUDITORIUM session, Beatriz González shares with LA ESCUELA___ some of the anecdotes behind one of her most valued 'strategies': Before images, a pedagogical practice based on activating archives, which she developed for decades in her well-known Guides Shool at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá.
Beatriz González (Bucaramanga, Colombia, 1938) is considered one of the most influential figures in the Colombian art scene due to her incisive and lucid stance as a chronicler of her country's recent history. In addition to her extensive artistic career, González developed an important curatorial and pedagogical work from her role as director of the Education Department of the Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, during the 1970s.
Similarly, through her participation in exhibitions and research projects in national institutions, she worked toward conceiving museums and exhibitions as spaces for the transmission of knowledge, where the public was engaged as an active part in a direct and frank dialogue. These qualities are also present in her personal work, in which she has linked popular narratives and formal painting by appropriating photographs that appear in the press, with an emphasis on topics such as political violence and mourning, from the 1960s until today.
"I still have many concerns that I have not resolved, but I think that the approach to love a work of art is due to a mysterious phenomenon that makes your sensitivity, your eyes, your senses, go swimming in this immense sea that is the contemplation of the work of art. I am interested in contemplation."
Wednesday, May 03, 2023
5:00 PM (Colombia)
Beatriz González’s lecture will be introduced by artist and educator Nicolás Paris.