Paul Ramírez Jonas
Artist in the Public Realm

Crystal Palace, 2018



   MATERIALS: Coin operated locks, keys, trans- parent lockers, museum visitor bags and belongings.

    The Crystal Palace is both a set of lockers for museum visitors and an exhibition. It offers a transpar- ent structure, a cabinet of curiosities, a showcase that aspires to evoke the universal exhibitions of the nineteenth century. Each of the lockers contains an element from Mexican popular material culture. Visitors are invited to pair the ob- ject already in the locker with one of their own when leaving their be- longings inside. This personal item becomes part of the display during their visit to the Museum. Togeth- er, artist and visitors, create a con- tinually changing Great Exhibition where the public becomes curator and interpreter of their own chap- ter in this history.