Pedro Reyes The People's United Nations (pUN)

Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park MAP
FREE with museum admission

The People’s United Nations or pUN is Pedro Reyes’s largest, most complex initiative for a New York City museum to date, and one of the first commissions for the Queens Museum’s newly expanded facility, opening Fall 2013. pUN is Reyes’s attempt to create a parallel, playful version of the United Nations, inspired by the fact that the global body's General Assembly met from 1946-50 in the building that later became the Queens Museum and the unparalleled internationalism of New York City. 

pUN consists of two parts: an exhibition of sculptures and a two-day event. For the event, the 193 member countries of the UN will be represented by residents of New York who are immigrants from or who have family ties to those countries. Citizens rather than diplomats, these delegates will deploy alternate negotiation techniques drawn from radical theater, social psychology, and corporate management to address urgent global questions. Curated by Larissa Harris.

Tours every half hour from 12 - 5 pm. First-Come, first-served.



The People¹s United Nations (pUN) has been generously supported by Mexico¹s National Council for Culture Arts (CONACULTA)Jacques, Natasha Gelman Trust, BBVA Bancomer, The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.
Special thanks to Lisson Gallery; Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo; LABOR Gallery , Mexico City; SOMA Summer, Mexico City; and Casa Vecina, Mexico City.

Event Title
Date & Time
  • Sat. Nov 9, 6:00 pm
  • Sun. Nov 10, 6:00 pm
  • Mon. Nov 11, 6:00 pm
  • Tue. Nov 12, 6:00 pm
  • Wed. Nov 13, 6:00 pm
  • Thu. Nov 14, 6:00 pm
  • Fri. Nov 15, 6:00 pm
  • Sat. Nov 16, 6:00 pm
A series of intimate dinners cooked by the artist. Each night, he serves a decadent feast of hand selected dishes from across India, mixing traditions to create his own sort of Indian fusion.

  • Sun. Nov 3, 11:00 am
Bruscky dismantles the conventions of soccer in this chaotic afternoon match.
  • Sat. Nov 2, 12:00 pm
Althamer builds connections between Williamsburg's many residents as all are invited to join in his conviviality and revelry at the Biba bar.