Chicago Residency [In-Person] Events
FULL DETAILS OF UPCOMING CHICAGO RESIDENCY!
There are multiple upcoming opportunities to intersect with Gómez-Peña and La Pocha Nostra's largest ongoing project of 2021 including an immersive exhibition, virtual screening and workshop plus two LIVE and in-person performance events in October in Chicago at the UIC and the Jane Addams Hull House.
Full information about the total project and all public programming here
UPCOMING IN-PERSON EVENTS ~ GGP and La Pocha Nostra LIVE in Chicago:
Tuesday, October 19: 8:00p
“One-day and one-night in lock down” ~ Gómez-Peña returns to Chicago for his first LIVE and in-person solo performance since lockdown began. This new solo performance monologue features new writing responding to the multiple pandemias including rantings and confessions. Featuring a cameo by conceptual artist, performer and storyteller Robin LaVerne Wilson aka DRAGONFLY.
Thursday, October 21st: 2:00-5:00p
Join Gómez-Peña & La Pocha Nostra for a fully immersive and performative activation of the Casa Museo exhibition for an afternoon of interactive live imagery, music, poetry, guided tours and calls for action by the audience. La Pocha Nostra invites you to come dressed as your favorite covid desire or fear and if you like please bring an object you are ready to purge and add to a growing exhibition curiosity cabinet & time capsule.
About the exhibition:
For Gómez-Peña’s Casa Museo: A Living Museum and Archive (September 9, 2021—May 29, 2022), pioneering conceptual-performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña takes up residence in Jane Addams Hull House Museum. The exhibition layers one house museum on top of two others, in San Francisco and Mexico City, highlighting the many affinities between the ideologies pursued by Gómez-Peña, Addams, and Hull-House.
Ongoing Radio Collaboration with Lumpen Radio:
Gómez-Peña’s Mex Files: Audio Art & Strange Poetry from the US/Mexico Border offers multilingual live radio and archival audio programs addressing “the multiple pandemics of racism, sexism, xenophobia and neo-colonialism on steroids in the Trump Era.” Throughout his life, Gómez-Peña has worked in audio art and radio across multiple genres, from poetic journalism to Spanglish spoken word, and from radical storytelling to collaborations with musicians, poets, and activists. This ongoing series will present samples of his previous work (1980–2015) and newly recorded material created in the last two years and during lock-down.
FULL Mex Files Show Archive:
About the exhibition (on view until May 2022)
Gómez-Peña’s Casa Museo: A Living Museum and Archive
For Gómez-Peña’s Casa Museo: A Living Museum and Archive, pioneering conceptual-performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña (Mexican-American, b. Mexico City, 1955), takes up residence in Jane Addams Hull House Museum. The exhibition layers one house museum on top of two others - in San Francisco and Mexico City, highlighting the many affinities between the ideologies pursued by Gómez-Peña, Addams, and Hull-House.
Through sound and image, Gómez-Peña and his ever-evolving performance troupe, La Pocha Nostra, inhabit Jane Addams’ office, the original Hull-House library, Jane Addams’ bedroom, and other spaces throughout the Hull home. During its seventy-five-year history, Hull-House Settlement was home to nearly one hundred Residents—advocates, doctors, scientists, writers, and artists—who lived on the upper floors of the settlement. The Residents and their immigrant and migrant neighbors worked toward, what Jane Addams called, the common good. In residency at Hull-House, Gómez-Peña and La Pocha Nostra, present a borderless world where geographic, municipal, gender and other borders are dismantled to allow public institutions to reflect and serve all publics.