Performance Artist, Activist Guillermo Gómez-Peña Performed and Spoke on Campus

Junot Diaz
Photo credit: Zach Gross (2007)

The Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences welcomed performance artist, activist, writer, and educator Guillermo Gómez-Peña as a guest of the college's 2011-2012 Distinguished Speakers Series.

Born in Mexico, Gómez-Peña is a MacArthur Fellow and an American Book Award winner. He serves as director of the performance troupe La Pocha Nostra. His performance work and eight books have contributed to debates on cultural diversity, border culture, and U.S.-Mexico relations.

Through performance, photography, installation art, video, and poetic delivery, Gómez-Peña's work reflects on identity, race, sexuality, pop culture, current politics, and the impact of new technologies in the post-9/11 era. His art work has been presented at more than 700 venues across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Russia, South Africa, and Australia.

Gómez-Peña is a regular contributor to National Public Radio; a writer for newspapers and magazines in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe; and a contributing editor at The Drama Review (NYU-MIT).

As part of the college mission to prepare students for rich professional careers and active citizenship, the college frames co-curricular programs and experiences around a broad annual theme that unites our community in interdisciplinary exploration. The academic theme for the 2011-2012 school year is "Truth and Power." Gómez-Peña's visit responded to this theme.

Event Details

Multiple Journeys: The Life and Work of Gómez-Peña | audio-visual lecture
"Invoking text and historical photographs to chronicle Gómez-Peña's life's work, the artist discusses the evolution of his field and the main political and social events of the times."
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Strange Democracy: Border Wars | performance
"Denounces anti-immigration hysteria and assaults the demonized construction of the U.S.-Mexican border."
Thrusday, September 22, 2011