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About the Ruby Exhibit

During his residency at Duke, Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba created a site-specific installation for the Rubenstein Art Center’s gallery. The exhibit, Who Owns Poverty in Mexico?, was an invitation for philanthropists like David Rubenstein (founding donor of the Rubenstein Arts Center) to consider this problematic question.

This exhibit initiated discussion around a problem with no easy solution. Through this installation, Ruvalcaba also offered Rubenstein a concrete business proposal: To make a “drawing” by raising one Mexican above the poverty line in their lifetime. “With many of the things that I make and present, I am interested in
having a conversation and using it as a starting place,” shares Ruvalcaba. “In this case I was thinking: What could be related to me, but also the specific place [the Ruby]?”

On-campus engagements included:

  • Ruby Friday “A Talk About Turtles” (Sep 6)
  • Who Owns Poverty in Mexico? (On view Sep 10–Nov 3, 2019)
  • Opening reception (Sep 12)
  • Emergent Futures: State of the Field Conference (Sep 14)

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