The University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood
Chicago, IL 60637
Wednesday, February 3, 7 pm
Broadcasting on 105.5 FM WLPN-LP Chicago and streaming on twitch.tv/lumpenradio
Performance artist, writer, activist, and MacArthur Fellow Guillermo Gómez-Peña has an obsession with rewriting and restaging so-called “Western Art History” while highlighting colonial legacies of systematic exclusion, demonization and fetishization of Brown, Black, and indigenous bodies. Presented in conjunction with Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40, this live radio keynote challenges contemporary art museum practices and calls for an open discussion regarding radical restructuring from within.
Gómez-Peña’s Mex Files: Audio Art and Strange Poetry from the US/Mexico Border is presented in partnership between Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Public Media Institute, and the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art. The series is an initiative of Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40, a multi-venue exhibition and program series that marks the 40th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows program throughout 2021.