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Pedro Reyes, Puño rojo (Red Fist), 2013, volcanic stone, concrete, 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 x 3 1/8“. From ”Archivo Centro SCOP."

“Archivo(s) Centro SCOP”

Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura

Pedro Reyes, Puño rojo (Red Fist), 2013, volcanic stone, concrete, 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 x 3 1/8“. From ”Archivo Centro SCOP."

What happens to cultural heritage in the aftermath of disaster? The exhibition “Archivo(s) Centro SCOP” reflected on the matter by using the building that houses Mexico City’s Centro Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Obras Públicas (Center for the Ministry of Communications and Public Works), or SCOP, as a case study. Completed in 1954, the edifice became a landmark in Mexican modernism, embodying an idea of public art as entailing the integration of large-scale murals and sculptures into large building complexes dedicated to public service. Gathering documentary material, recent works from five Mexico City–based artists or collectives, and an architectural conservation proposal, the exhibition speculated on the fate of the government building, which faces possible demolition because of damage sustained in the catastrophic earthquake of September 19, 2017.

The murals, through their

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