Transformation, Ritual, and DOC/UNDOC: Creating Ritual Objects
On 28 March, the University of Iowa welcomes Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professors Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Felicia Rice. Gómez-Peña is a performance artist whose work in the media of live art, video, radio, photography, and writing have earned acclaim -- and many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship -- over the past thirty years. He is artistic director of the transnational performance collective La Pocha Nostra.
Rice’s design, printing, and publication work for her Moving Parts Press (Santa Cruz, CA) has been exhibited at major book fairs in New York and Frankfurt, and collected by the Whitney, the Bodleian, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, among others. Rice is also an educator who teaches courses in letterpress printing, typography, printmaking, typography, and bookmaking at institutions ranging from UC-Santa Cruz to the Santa Cruz YWCA.
Together, Gómez-Peña and Rice have published extraordinary artists’ books, including DOC/UNDOC: Documentado/Undocumented, Ars Shamánica Performática (2014). Gómez-Peña and Rice will engage with UI students and community members in a series of workshops, performances, and conversations about art, media, activism, and US-Mexico border politics.
Gómez-Peña has been performatively crossing borders -- national, racial, ethnic, linguistic, sexual, gender, and artistic -- for nearly four decades, and his fearlessness, sharp insight, sly wit, and willingness to engage with diverse audiences are as necessary as ever. Rice has long promoted cultural and linguistic diversity, publishing a highly regarded Chicano/Chicana Literature series, and she has recently begun to perform, both solo and with La Pocha Nostra. As artists and as educators, Gómez-Peña and Rice work between and across cultures, as as well as media, and so their visit will be of interest to students and faculty in many UI departments.