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This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.
Long time collaborators and friends, Native American conceptual and performance artist James Luna and writer and performance artist Guillermo Gomez-Peña share the stage once again for an evening in two parts.
Part one: In response to the 300th anniversary of Junipero Serra founding the missions in California, renowned Luiseño artist James Luna curated a special art issue of News from Native California magazine on the present day effects of the social, spiritual, economic, and physical trauma that Native people survived through via the missions. Working on the issue inspired his new performance piece, "Native Stories: For Fun, Profit & Guilt,” featuring Sheila Tishmil Skinner.
Part two: New spoken-word monologue by Guillermo Gómez-Peña. In recent years, Gómez-Peña has explored two distinct territories in his solo work: the ongoing rewriting and reenactment of some of his classic performances (he calls this his “living archive”), and writing and testing brand new material dealing with radical citizenship and what he terms “imaginary activism.”