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World-Renowned Performance Artist Guillermo Gomez-Pena to Present Show at Pomona College

Award-winning performance artist, writer and activist Guillermo Gómez-Peña has presented his live shows and artwork at more than 800 venues worldwide, exploring issues such as diversity, identity, sexuality and politics. He delivers his message using a variety of mediums, drawing upon the Chicano experience, encompassed in his biting sense of humor. Gómez-Peña will present his show at Pomona College on Thursday, April 9 at 8 p.m.

For his performance at the College, Gómez-Peña will use multilingual poetry, journalism, video, radio and installation art, to address topics such as the end of the Bush era; the formidable challenges facing Obama; fomenting anti-immigration attitudes; the fierce contentions regarding national borders; and U.S.-Mexico relations.

The highly regarded theatre director Peter Sellars named Gómez-Peña as “one of the handful of great performance artists in America today.” His performances have also garnered acclaim from the Los Angeles Times: "His award-winning solos combine languages Spanish, English, Spanglish, Ingleñol, Nahuatl, wild theatrics and guerrilla satire to convey a new internationalism, a borderless ethos."

In 1997, his book The New World Border received the American Book Award. Among the eight books Gómez-Peña has authored is Dangerous Border Crossers: The Artist Talks Back (2000). He is a regular contributor to All Things Considered on National Public Radio.

His numerous recognitions include the Prix de la Parole at the International Theatre Festival of the Americas (1989); a MacArthur Fellowship (1991); the New York Bessie Award (1989); and a Lifetime Achievement Award (2000).

This event is free, open to the public and will be held in Pomona College’s Seaver Theatre (300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). For further information, call: (909) 621-8804.