Guillermo Gómez Peña and Coco Fusco: The Year Of The White Bear


Guillermo Gómez Peña and Coco Fusco: The Year Of The White Bear, Dec 4, 1992 – Feb 10, 1993

Summary: The Year of the White Bear was a multi-faceted project that involved four distinct components and explored ways in which the mythical discovery of the Americas has been presented through five hundred years of history. It utilized fine art, popular art, mass media, and other art forms as expressive and metaphorical tools to reinvent mythologies, weave fictions, and levy cultural critique. Employing their own experimental archaeology Gómez-Peña and Coco Fusco will studied how these materials expressed, either overtly or covertly, the perspectives of indigenous American peoples, Europeans, and immigrant Americans. In doing so, Gómez-Peña and Fusco restored a complexity to the cultural dialogue that was quickly diminishing, as “multiculturalism” was becoming a commodity.

Curator: Guillermo Gómez Peña & Coco Fusco

Organizing Institution: Walker Arts Center, MN

Displayed at: Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum West Wing

*Exhibition catalogue published

Friday, December 4, 1992 to Wednesday, February 10, 1993