Gustavo Aguilar "Ah, Raza!"

Mar 23, 2013 07:30 PM

Location: Performing Arts Center

Photo by G. Daniel Lopez"Ah, Raza! The Making of an American Artist"—a multi-media, performative ethnography that speaks to the recuperation and expansion of what it means to be a U.S. American of Mexican descent along the South Texas-México border.

In 1996, percussionist and composer, Gustavo Aguilar, experienced a moment of psychic disequilibrium that prompted him to examine what it meant to identify himself as an American artist. Set against the backdrop of Aguilar’s bordertown hometown of Brownsville, Texas, "Ah, Raza! The Making of an American Artist" traces a line of continuity to the spaces that have mapped themselves out onto him, and to the people whose dispositions are also his own.  Intertwining various sonic environments with an intersection of a multiplicity of gazes, "Ah, Raza!" is a confederacy of components that broadens one’s vision of how to be what one is.

A free workshop will be held at 2 p.m. Aguilar's evening performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Both events will be held in the Performing Arts Center and are open to the public.

Tickets to the evening performance will be sold at the door and are $10 for a single, $15 for couples, and free for UMM students with a valid Clipper Card.

For more information, contact Gene Nichols at 255-1229.

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