Richard Artschwager, Untitled (1000 Cubic Inches), 1996. ©Raymond Martinot
Clarissa Tossin, Work damaged by customs during search for cocaine upon reentry to the United States from Columbia, 2015. ©Raymond Martinot
Kathleen Vance, Traveling Landscapes, 2016 (left) and Avery McQuaid Nelson Lawrence, Arranging Suitcases, 2012. ©Raymond Martinot


Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, Florida

R+L worked with curators, C2 (curatorsquared), and the Orlando Museum of Art to develop display concepts for this traveling exhibition which explores the meaning of baggage, both physical and psychological, in the context of globalization and its impact on cultural identity. Baggage Claims includes works by artists from the US and abroad that use objects such as trunks, suitcases, luggage and crates as vehicles to dissect issues of immigration and nationalism and their effect on international policy and discourse. A series of simple, easy-to-travel rubber floor mats referencing conveyance systems sets off the works, demarks a safe perimeter around them and hosts didactic text.

The exhibition opened September 15, 2017 at the Orlando Museum of Art and will travel to the Weatherspoon Art Museum at University of North Carolina, the Robert C. Peeler Art Center at DePauw University, and the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota.

Design Team
Safaa Alnabelseya, Designer