exhibition:Mi Cosa, Es Tu Cosa: An Installation by Pedro Reyes


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  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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Wednesday, February 12 through Friday, May 1, 2020. Admission is free.

As one of the last not-for-profit institutions in our contemporary world, the library is a unique cultural phenomenon in the digital age. In collaboration with students from USC Architecture, acclaimed Mexican artist Pedro Reyes will present an interactive installation that explores how design can activate the contemporary physical library. Mi Cosa, Es Tu Cosa asks how a unique universe of physical, and perhaps obsolete, objects inspires broad participation across a diverse group of visitors. By exemplifying the range of rarely used objects that can’t be accessed digitally, the installation will create a nostalgic experience while fostering intergenerational dialogues among library guests of all ages.

Bio: Pedro Reyes studied architecture and considers himself a sculptor, although his works integrate elements of theatre, psychology, and activism, and take 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 USC Libraries.