Ofri Cnaani | Useful Interventions in the Museum | Trait pour trait: Portrait of the Museum

Curator: Aya Lurie
Sep. 16, 2017 - Feb. 3, 2018

Today in the Museum, a work that engages with the notion of mediation in museum displays, is one of two interventions in the museum produced by Ofri Cnaani (b. 1975) for the duration of the current exhibitions.

Every day, the inscription of the generic sign – habitually used to inform visitors of events in the museum – will be changed. Under the title “Today in the Museum” the artist will inscribe phrases quoted from actual exercises given to art-school students in preparation for their museum visit.

These are open phrases that invite and suggest an inquisitive look.

They do not focus on interpretation, but rather raise questions about the creative process and provoke awareness of modes of display – thereby extending an invitation to the visitors to turn from consumers of content into active producers of new contexts.

By changing the phrases daily, Cnaani turns the still sign into a time-based piece, whose duration is the same as that of the exhibitions in the museum.

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