Creative Time 2018 Gala to honor artist Pedro Reyes
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Creative Time 2018 Gala to honor artist Pedro Reyes
Pedro Reyes. Doomocracy, 2016. Photo courtesy of Creative Time.

NEW YORK, NY.- Creative Time, the New York-based public art organization, announced artist Pedro Reyes as its honoree for the 2018 Creative Time Gala, the annual fête that brings together the worlds of art, fashion, and philanthropy. The event will take place on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 99 Scott, an industrial warehouse in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

The fundraising event supports Creative Time in its mission to realize art that challenges the status quo, catalyzes civic engagement, and creates moments of wonder and awe. Longtime Creative Time collaborator and honoree Pedro Reyes is internationally acclaimed for challenging artworks that address urgent social and political issues such as gun violence, and is truly exemplary of the organization’s mission.

“I am honored to be a part of Creative Time history. My experience with the organization has been one of the wildest, most exciting and thoughtful adventures I’ve ever had — an experience made possible by a group of committed and resourceful idealists who believe in the power of art to affect real change,” said artist Pedro Reyes.

In 2016, Reyes and Creative Time presented Doomocracy, a haunted house of political horrors that addressed the frightening presidential election race at the time, as well as issues that continue to threaten the country today. He also participated in Pledges of Allegiance and the 2013 and 2016 Creative Time Summits. Before joining Creative Time as Executive Director in July 2018, Ludwig was Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Dallas Contemporary, where she curated Reyes’ exhibition For Future Reference.

“This is the ideal moment to honor Pedro. His projects such as Disarm, Doomocracy, and pUN: The People’s United Nations only feel timelier now given our current socio political reality." said Creative Time Executive Director Justine Ludwig. “His works speak to the transformative power of art—how artists can drive pressing dialogues and contribute to envisioning a better tomorrow.”

The evening will be designed and produced by Alexandre de Betak, the creative visionary behind Bureau Betak. Guests will enjoy cocktails by Maestro Dobel Tequila.

Past honorees of Creative Time’s annual gala include Opening Ceremony founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, philanthropist Craig Robins; art patron and philanthropist Beth Rudin DeWoody; and artists Kara Walker, Vik Muniz, Julian Schnabel, among others.

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