The New Social Environment#869

Pedro Reyes

Featuring Reyes and José Falconi, with Pierre Joris


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Pedro Reyes joins Rail contributor José Falconi for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Pierre Joris.

In this talk

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Pedro Reyes

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Pedro Reyes studied architecture but considers himself a sculptor. His works integrate elements of theater, psychology, and activism, and takes a variety of forms, from penetrable sculptures to puppet productions. In Fall 2016, he held a visiting faculty position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a residency at MIT CAST as the inaugural Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist. Recently, Reyes was commissioned by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists together with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, to raise awareness on the growing risk of nuclear conflict, for which he developed Atomic Amnesia, presented in Times Square, May 2022. For his work on disarmament, Reyes received the Luxembourg Peace Prize in 2021.

José Falconi

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Assistant Professor of Art and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut, José Falconi received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2010. From 2001 to 2011, he was Art Forum Curator at the David Rockefeller for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, curating more than thirty shows of cutting-edge Latino and Latin American artists in an academic setting. In the United States, he has been appointed Lecturer in the Department of Art History and Architecture at Brandeis University (2014-2020), Boston University in the Spring of 2016 and in the School of the Arts at the University of Connecticut in the Spring of 2021.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Pierre Joris reading.

Pierre Joris

A portrait of Pierre Joris
Pierre Joris has moved between Europe, the US & North Africa for 55 years, publishing over 80 books of poetry, essays, translations & anthologies — most recently Interglacial Narrows (Poems 1915-2021) & Always the Many, Never the One: Conversations In-between, with Florent Toniello, both from Contra Mundum Press. In 2020 his two final Paul Celan translations came out: Memory Rose into Threshold Speech: The Collected Earlier PoetryMicroliths They are, Little Stones: Posthumous Prose. In 2019 Spuyten Duyvil published Arabia (not so) Deserta(Essays on Maghrebi & Mashreqi literature). Other recent works include A City Full of Voices: Essays on the Work of Robert Kelly , & Conversations in the Pyrenees with Adonis .

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