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PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

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)

Princeton Visiting Professor Carola Barrios presenting

 December 8, 2010 

"Unbuilt Caracas in the Age of Global Architecture"

In the mid-twentieth century, Caracas became an ideal testing ground for the production and consumption of global architecture. Its most representative visionary projects were designed by both local and international architects during the 40's and 50's, a time when the ambitious developmental agenda for Caracas would seek to achieve its universal visibility in the display of modern architecture. Despite their impact in the city's imaginary, many of these projects were never built, while other buildings remain unfinished as spectral ruins within its urban fabric. In this allegory of the history of modern Caracas, we examine the boundaries between «material» and «ideal» architecture in the unveiling of the prospective city—an exploratory journey to be guided by the social and urban utopias underlying the un-built city's traces and remnants. This presentation is co-sponsored by the Princeton Program of Latin American Studies.

Carola Barrios received her Ph.D. in Theory and History of Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Spain. She completed her bachelor degree in architecture, as well as a postgraduate degree in Museum Studies from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas. She has dedicated the last twelve years to revaluate Caracas' Modern heritage --in its material and immaterial legacy-- and the achievements of its «heroic modernity» in oblivion. Her doctoral dissertation, Caracas: Modern City and Museum: Incomplete intersections in the cityscape of the 1950/s, studies the relations between Museum and Modern City in the configuration of Caracas' urban landscape, focusing in the dialects between arts, architecture and politics. For the development of her doctoral studies and research activities, she has received grants and fellowships from Venezuela and Spain. In addition to the professional development of architectural design, curatorial exhibitions and research, she collaborates regularly in international journals with articles on modern and contemporary Latin American architecture. During fall semester at Princeton --as a visiting fellow at the Program of Latin American Studies and the School of Architecture-- she is teaching a seminar titled Modern Architecture Goes South: Museum, Mass Media and Pan-Americanism. From a comparative study centered in Venezuela and Brazil, the seminar explores the common influences of MoMA's cultural strategies and the impacts of Mass Media in the dissemination of Modern Architecture to the «South» during post-World War II period. While living in Barcelona since the late 90's, she keeps activities as a professor at the department of History and Critics at the Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo in Caracas, as well as in the organization of conferences, exhibitions and international seminars.

Emanuele Piccardo gets Radical, Italian style (once again) at Princeton

 November 16, 2010 

Emanuele Piccardo

"After the Revolution: Actions and Protagonists of Italian Radical Architecture 1963-1973"

Emanuele Piccardo (Genova, 1972) is an architect, photographer, filmmaker and architectural critic. His research focuses on the relationship between architecture and society through the use of various media. In 2002 he founded Archphoto.it, the first Italian thematic webzine related to architecture, visual arts and the human sciences. In 2003 he founded the cultural association "plug_in" which, since 2007, publishes books regarding architecture and visual arts. His photographic research is held in the Bibliotheque NAtionale de France, Paris and MAXXI in Rome. He collaborates with newspapers and architectural magazines. Piccardo will be discussing the interrelationship of art, politics and architecture in the work of Italian designers and artists associated with Architettura Radicale in the late sixties and early seventies. His presentation will include films of recent interviews with the protagonists of the period. His research focuses on the relationship between architecture and society through the use of various media. In 2002 he founded Archphoto.it, the first Italian thematic webzine related to architecture, visual arts and the human sciences. In 2003 he founded the cultural association "plug_in" which, since 2007, publishes books regarding architecture and visual arts. His photographic research is held in the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris and MAXXI in Rome. He collaborates with newspapers and architectural magazines. Piccardo will be discussing the interrelationship of art, politics and architecture in the work of Italian designers and artists associated with Architettura Radicale in the late sixties and early seventies. His presentation will include films of recent interviews with the protagonists of the period.

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