Lecture: Mexican Artist Pedro Reyes


March 1, 2011

5.30 pm| Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture

Sponsored by the Princeton Program in Latin American Studies

Mexico City–based artist Pedro Reyes works within a complex system of associations that defies assumptions about how knowledge is divided and legitimized. Using simple means and casual scenarios, he manages to blend the realms of utopia and function, individual fantasies and collective aspirations. Trained as an architect, his projects convey an underlying interest in structural design and building principles. However, this presence goes beyond the formal aspects of architecture; in his practice, the utilization of space is infused with symbolic as well as physical schemes to enhance human communication and creativity. He explores the ways in which a space allows individual moments of liberation or activate the interaction between a group of people. With these ideas in mind, he has developed an arsenal of terms and forms to release creativity from ordinary limitations. Reyes is an idealist; he lives and works thinking of ways to improve the world. Recent exhibitions include: "Principles of Social Topology," Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York (2007); "Recyclone," Aspen Art Museum (2006); Capula XVI & Capula XVII (obolo a & b) / Evolving City Wall Mural, Seattle Art Museum (2006); "Ad Usum: To Be Used." Reyes's work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Harvard University, Cambridge; Galeria Massimo de Carlo, Milan; and Galeria Enrique Guerrero, Mexico City. His work has been included in the group shows PR'04, Parentesis en la ciudad, Puerto Rico (2004); The Structure of Survival at the 2003 Venice Biennale; and To Be Political It Has to Look Nice, apexart, New York (2004). (Biography from the New Museum)

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