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

December 4, 1992 – February 10, 1993

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 reviewed 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” became commodified.

Participating Artists

Guillermo Gómez Peña & Coco Fusco


Guillermo Gómez Peña & Coco Fusco

Organizing Institution

Walker Arts Center, MN

Displayed at

West Wing Gallery