July 1, 2019 - MoMA PS1 - Pedro & Juana: Hórama Rama
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July 1, 2019
July 1, 2019


Pedro & Juana
Hórama Rama
June 28–September 2, 2019

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Long Island City, New York 11101
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Hórama Rama by Pedro & Juana (Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo & Mecky Reuss) is the winner of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s 20th annual Young Architects Program, and will be in view at MoMA PS1 from June 28 through September 2, 2019. This year’s architectural installation is an immersive junglescape set within a 40-foot-high, 90-foot-wide cyclorama structure. Selected from among five finalists, Hórama Rama serves as a temporary built environment for MoMA PS1’s pioneering outdoor music series, Warm Up.

For 20 years, the Young Architects Program at The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 has offered emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present innovative projects, challenging each year’s winners to develop creative designs for a temporary and sustainable outdoor installation that provides shade, seating, and water. The architects must also work within environmentally sensitive guidelines.

Hórama Rama is a large-scale cyclorama featuring a panoramic image of the jungle on scaffolding that sits atop the courtyard of MoMA PS1 and catapults visitors into a wild, foreign territory. The nearly structure hovers over the courtyard space, reframing the horizon and positioning visitors in an urban jungle. The presence of this large circular structure reconfigures the courtyard into an immersive environment that visitors can move in and out of, contrasting with the cityscape immediately adjacent to the Museum. Amplifying the experience, the installation features hammocks crafted in the south of Mexico along with a functioning waterfall. The exterior of the structure features protruding wood “bristles” that create a dynamic sense of movement.

“For the 20th anniversary of the Young Architects Program, each of the five finalists designed potential—of surface, of movement, of space, of structure—as narratives that both reveal and conceal,” said Sean Anderson, Associate Curator in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design. “Pedro & Juana's world-within-a-world, Hórama Rama, is a manifold of views in which to see and be seen, to find and lose oneself in a radically different environment. The installation constructs a collection of scenes into which visitors may escape, even if for a moment, whether in a hammock or by the waterfall.”

"Finding inspiration in historical panoramas, Pedro & Juana have designed a structure that will allow visitors to immerse themselves in a fantastical wilderness, a visual refuge from the city,” MoMA PS1 Chief Curator Peter Eleey added. “By juxtaposing two landscapes in transition—the jungle and the Long Island City skyline—they draw attention to the evolving conditions of our environment, both globally and locally, at a crucial moment.”

The other finalists for this year’s MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program were Low Design Office (DK Osseo-Asare and Ryan Bollom), Oana Stănescu & Akane Moriyama, Matter Design (Brandon Clifford, Johanna Lobdell, and Wes McGee), and TO (Jose G. Amozurrutia and Carlos Facio). An exhibition featuring the finalists' proposals as well as past Young Architects Program winners on the occasion of the 20th anniversary will be on view at MoMA PS1 from June 28 through September 2, organized by Sean Anderson, Associate Curator, with Arièle Dionne-Krosnick, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.

Bloomberg Philanthropies has enabled the Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1 and The Museum of Modern Art to thrive since 2007.We are thrilled to welcome our new major sponsor, Allianz, MoMA's partner for design and innovation.

The 2019 Young Architects Program is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Major support is provided by Allianz, MoMA's partner for design and innovation. Generous funding is provided by the Bertha and Isaac Liberman Foundation, Jeffrey and Michèle Klein, and Bárbara Garza Lagüera. Additional support is provided by The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.

YAP International
MoMA and MoMA PS1 have partnered with the MAXXI, Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo in Rome, Italy, and CONSTRUCTO in Santiago, Chile, to create international editions of the Young Architects Program.

About Pedro & Juana
Pedro & Juana is a studio from Mexico City founded by Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo and Mecky Reuss that works on a variety of projects across creative professions. Some of them are: Sesiones Puerquito or Little Pig (2012-2014), cooking a suckling as a pretext for better conversation; Archivo Pavilion (2012), an intervention in the gardens of Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura, DF|Mexico; Hellmut (2013) at Museo Jumex, Mexico; Casa Reyes (2011-2012), an annex to an ex-colonial house, Merida/Yucatan; Cocina DS (2013), a kitchenette entrance 3 for Dorothea Schlueter Galerie, Germany; Turin 42 (2013), a small apartment complex within and on top of a 1918 House, Mexico; Pavilion of Hotel Palenque is not in Yucatán, a dedifferentiated structure at the Hessel Museum of Art, New York (2014); The Intent of a Public Pool (2017), Mexico; With Love From The Tropics (2016-2017), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; C13, a remodel for sale (2012-2017); and Le Stalle (2017) a restoration of two animal stables and a pavilion, Italy.

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