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Guillermo Gómez-Peña; photo by Jen Cohen

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Robert E. “Ned” Behnke Annual Lecture: Imaginary Activism

April 11, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA
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Imaginary Activism: The Role of the Artist Beyond the Art World
Guillermo Gómez-Peña
The Robert E. “Ned” Behnke Annual Lecture

FREE - But reservations are required.

Guillermo Gómez-Peña presents
Imaginary Activism: The Role of the Artist Beyond the Art World

Experience the work of performance artist, intellectual DJ, reverse anthropologist, radical pedagogue, deviant shaman, post-Mexican Guillermo Gómez-Peña who, for thirty years, has explored border culture, immigration, intercultural issues, extreme culture & new technologies through multiple genres. Gómez-Peña helps create transnational communities of rebel artists, erase the borders between North and South, and between the art world & the real world. His cultural icons are César Chávez, Joseph Beuys, Marina Abramovic, Kathy Acker, Marc Bolan and Tin Tan.

In the past years, Gómez-Peña has explored in his solo work two distinct territories: 1) The ongoing rewriting and reenactment of some of his classic performances, and 2) Writing and testing brand new material dealing with radical citizenship and what he terms “imaginary activism.” In both cases, revealing to the audience the process of creating, language-ing and performing the material becomes the actual project. It is precisely in his new solo work where his literature, theory, pedagogy & live art come together in a very strange mix. Not one solo performance is ever the same. Half of the material is scripted & the other half is ad lib. Let’s see what happens tonight.

This event is supported by 4Culture, ALL RISE, City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Cornish College of the Arts, and the Neddy at Cornish.

Artist Bio

Guillermo Gómez-Peña is a performance artist, writer, activist, radical pedagogue and director of the performance troupe La Pocha Nostra. Born in Mexico City, he moved to the US in 1978. His performance work and 10 books have contributed to the debates on cultural diversity, border culture and U.S. and Mexico relations. His artwork has been presented at over eight hundred venues across the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Russia, South Africa and Australia. A MacArthur Fellow and winner of the Bessie and American Book Award, he is a regular contributor for newspapers and magazines in the US, Mexico, and Europe, and a contributing editor to The Drama Review (NYUMIT). Gómez-Peña is a Senior Fellow in the Hemispheric Institute of performance and Politics, a Patron for the London-based Live Art Development Agency, and in 2012 was named Samuel Hoi Fellow by USA Artists.