A Conversation with Pedro Reyes

02/12/20 6:30PM

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  • Thursday, February 12, 2020

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  • Gin D. Wong Conference Center, Room 100
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Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, January 15, at 9 a.m.

The work of Mexican artist Pedro Reyes speaks to the cultural imagination of the contemporary subject. As a sculptor who studied architecture, Reyes creates interdisciplinary works, integrating elements of theatre, psychology, and activism. When encountering a project by the artist, viewers are often enlisted as participants, whether through one-on-one conversations, therapeutic acts, or as creators of objects in collaborative workshops. From turning guns into musical instruments to hosting a People’s United Nations to address pressing concerns, Reyes transforms existing problems into ideas for a better world.

In a thoughtful and visually driven conversation with USC Architecture dean Milton S. F. Curry, Reyes will share how his installations have proposed playful solutions to political and social issues. He will also discuss Mi Cosa, Es Tu Cosa, an interactive installation that explores how design can activate the contemporary physical library, made in collaboration with students from USC Architecture and exhibited in the Architecture and Fine Arts Library from February 12 through May 1.

Bio: The art of Pedro Reyes takes on a variety of forms, from penetrable sculptures to puppet productions. In 2008, the Mexico City artist initiated Palas por Pistolas, where 1,527 guns were collected to produce the same number of shovels to plant 1,527 trees. This led to Disarm (2012), where 6,700 destroyed weapons were transformed into musical instruments. In 2013, he presented the first edition of pUN: The People’s United Nations, an experimental conference in which regular citizens act as delegates for each of the countries in the UN. pUN has taken place at the Queens Museum in New York City (2013), the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (2015), and the Museum of the 21st Century in Kanazawa, Japan (2015). In addition to his artistic practice, Reyes has curated numerous shows and often contributes to art and architectural publications.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by the USC School of Architecture. Co-Sponsored by the USC Libraries.

Related Links: Exhibition: Pedro Reyes: Mi Cosa, Es Tu Cosa