Pedro y Juana, From the Tropics with Love

Photo: Kendall McCaugherty – Hall+Merrick Photographers, © MCA Chicago.
Photo: Kendall McCaugherty – Hall+Merrick Photographers, © MCA Chicago.
Friday Evening program in the MCA Commons, Dec 8, 2017. Photo: Matthew Avignone.
Friday Evening program in the MCA Commons featuring Edra Soto and January Parkos Arnall in conversation, Dec 8, 2017. Photo: Matthew Avignone.

About

Mexico City–based architecture firm Pedro y Juana (Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo and Mecky Reuss) created the site-specific installation From the Tropics with Love for the Commons. The installation includes an urban garden consisting of 221 planters and lamps (named Brunhilde, Olivia, and Antonia), hardy indoor plants, a collapsible stage, and a suite of multi-functional furniture that can be dismantled and stored on the wall. The work subverts the reality of Chicago’s harsh climate in the city by bringing the summer indoors year-round and disrupts the traditional austerity of the museum space, welcoming the visitor with color, humor, and a sense of play.