Jan 27th 2021

Gómez-Peña’s Mex Files: Audio Art & Strange Poetry from the US/Mexico Border

@ Smart Museum of Art


Opening Wednesday, January 27th, at 6:30

On view through Sunday, May 22nd

Multilingual live radio and archival audio program presented as part of Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40

In a first-ever partnership, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Public Media Institute, and the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art present a year-long series of experimental audio performances from Guillermo Gómez-Peña, a performance artist, writer, activist, and MacArthur Fellow, class of 1991. The series is an initiative of Toward Common Cause, a multi-venue exhibition and program series organized by the Smart Museum to mark the 40th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows program throughout 2021.

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.

Audiences can tune in to Gómez-Peña’s Mex Files every other Wednesday at 6:30 pm (CST) at 105.5 FM WLPN-LP or stream on twitch.tv/lumpenradio.

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