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Pedro Alonzo

Festival Curator

Pedro Alonzo

Pedro Alonzo is a Boston-based independent curator. He is currently an Adjunct Curator at Dallas Contemporary. Since 2006 he has specialized in producing exhibitions that transcend the boundaries of museum walls and spill out into the urban landscape, addressing audiences beyond the traditional museum public.

In 2017 he formalized his practice by establishing A&C, a curatorial advisory firm. At the ICA Boston, he curated Shepard Fairey’s 20-year survey, “Supply and Demand”. For the MCA San Diego, he organized the group exhibition “Viva la Revolución: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape”, which featured site-specific works inside the museum and throughout downtown San Diego.

In 2015 Alonzo staged the citywide exhibition in Philadelphia, “Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space”, and then worked with the artist JR to place a gigantic image of a Mexican child named Kikito overlooking the US/Mexico border wall in Tecate, Mexico. Since 2016 Alonzo has worked with The Trustees, Massachusetts’s largest conservation and preservation non-profit, to launch and curate the organization’s first “Art and the Landscape” initiative, resulting in site-specific commissions created by the artists Sam Durant (2016), Jeppe Hein (2016), Alicja Kwade (2018), and Doug Aitken (2019). In 2019, Pedro Alonzo worked with Now + There as guest curator for Oscar Tuazon’s Growth Rings; in 2020 for Jose Dávila’s To Each Era Its Art. To Art, Its Freedom.; and in 2022 for Claudia Comte’s Five Marble Leaves, for Central Wharf Park in Boston.

His most recent projects for Dallas Contemporary include a major exhibition that brought together rarely-seen works by Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara in 2021, and another solo exhibition with Shepard Fairey, “Backward Forward”, in 2022.

He is currently working on Amnesia Atómica, an ongoing project by Pedro Reyes, commissioned by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, that aims to revive and reintroduce the issue of nuclear threat into the public narrative.

His most recent exhibition Urban (R)evolution, in Cordoaria Nacional in Lisbon, highlights the evolution of urban art from graffiti to street art.