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Pedro Reyes and Magalí Arriola: A Conversation

Pedro Reyes and Magalí Arriola: A Conversation

Friday, November 6, 2020, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: Virtual
Calendar: Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series

Mexican artist Pedro Reyes has won international attention for large-scale projects that address current social and political issues. Through a varied practice utilizing sculpture, performance, video, and activism, Reyes explores the power of individual and collective organization to incite change through communication, creativity, happiness, and humor. He designs ongoing projects that propose playful solutions to social problems. From turning guns into musical instruments, to hosting a People’s United Nations to address pressing concerns, to offering ecologically-friendly grasshopper burgers from a food cart, Reyes transforms existing problems into ideas for a better world. In the artist’s hands, complex subjects like political and economic philosophies are reframed in ways that are easy to understand, such as a puppet play featuring Karl Marx and Adam Smith fighting over how to share cookies.

Reyes has had solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (2014); The Power Plant, Toronto (2014); the Jumex Museum, Mexico City (2014); the Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York (2013); Labor, Mexico City (2012, 2010); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2011); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2011); CCA Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu, Japan (2009); Bass Museum, Miami (2008); and San Francisco Art Institute (2008). He has also participated in Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; In the Spirit of Utopia, Whitechapel Gallery, London; and The Carnegie International, Pittsburgh.

Magalí Arriola is Director of Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. She was KADIST Lead Curator for Latin America from 2016 to 2019, and curated the Mexican Pavilion for the 58 Venice Biennial (Pablo Vargas Lugo, Acts of God, 2019). She was Chief Curator at Museo Jumex between 2011 and 2014, and Chief Curator of Museo Tamayo between 2009 and 2011. She was visiting curator at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in San Francisco in 2006. Among her independent projects are The Sweet Burnt Smell of History: The 8th Panama Biennial (2008); What once passed for a future, or The landscapes of the living dead (Art2102, Los Angeles, 2005); Alibis (Mexican Cultural Institute, Paris /Witte de With, Rotterdam, 2002); Erógena (Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City / SMAK/ Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2000). Arriola has extensively written for books, and catalogues and has contributed to publications such as Art Forum, Curare, Frieze, Mousse, Manifesta Journal, and The Exhibitionist, among others.

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