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DOC/UNDOC | Documentado/Undocumented Ars Shamánica Performática

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - Friday, January 23, 2015

Galería de la Raza is pleased to host the collaborative project, DOC/UNDOC: Documentado/Undocumented Ars Shamánica Performática. The exhibition presents the relief prints and typographic book work of Felicia Rice, featuring the performance text of artist and activist Guillermo Gómez-Peña and critical commentary by art historian and educator Jennifer Gonzáles, in conjunction with video installation by artist and documentarian Gustavo Vasquez, and sound art by composer Zachary Watkins

Public Programming Dates:

Exhibition opening: Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 6:00PM Guillermo Gómez-Peña Performance on the development and realization of DOC/UNDOC, with Guillermo Gómez-Peña

Saturday evening public programs:
December 13, 2014 at 7PM: Gustavo Vazquez Experimental video and reflections on collaborative processes in art-making, with Gustavo Vazquez

January 10, 2015 at 7PM: Felicia Rice An exploration of the the book artist as performance artist, with Felicia Rice


Through an interactive examination of the self, DOC/UNDOC asks us to consider, in the words of Gonzáles, “What parts of our lives are documented, and what parts remain undocumented?” What personal attributions do we tie to documentation, the lack thereof, and the space in-between? What might these concepts mean to others, and how might we benefit from adopting, even temporarily, another perspective? In DOC/UNDOC, an array of multi-media artforms seek to engage us in a journey of personal exploration into the unnatural imposition of identity, and its base in conceptual delineations of border.

In this intimate, interactive cabinet of curiosities, DOC/UNDOC unfolds both figuratively and literally, serving as an open invitation for us to reexamine our conceptions of identity, context, transition, border, definition, reinvention, self, and other. In even the very nature of the self-described “performative book art,” Rice and her collaborators ask us to reassess what we thought we knew about the transcendent, transformative power of books. 


DOC/UNDOC Documentado/Undocumented Ars Shamánica Performática-HD version from Felicia Rice on Vimeo.

DOC/UNDOC Documentado/Undocumented Ars Shamánica Performática-HD version from Felicia Rice on Vimeo.

Artist Bios:

Felicia Rice is a book artist, typographer, letterpress printer, publisher, and educator. She has collaborated with visual artists, performing artists and writers under the Moving Parts Press imprint since 1977. Work from the Press has been included in exhibitions from AIGA Annual Book Shows in New York and Frankfurt to the Victoria & Albert Museum. Her books are held in numerous collections including Stanford University, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Bodleian Library, Oxford. She has been the recipient of multiple awards, most recently the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, and grants from the NEA, CAC and the French Ministry of Culture.

Guillermo Gómez-Peña is a performance artist, writer, activist, radical pedagogue and director of the performance troupe La Pocha Nostra. Born in Mexico City, he moved to the US in 1978. His performance work and 10 books have contributed to the debates on cultural diversity, border culture and US-Mexico relations. His art work has been presented at over eight hundred venues across the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Russia, South Africa and Australia. A MacArthur Fellow, Bessie and American Book Award winner, he is a regular contributor for newspapers and magazines in the US, Mexico, and Europe and a contributing editor to The Drama Review (NYU-MIT).

Gustavo Vazquez, originally from Tijuana and currently residing in San Francisco, is an independent filmmaker and teaches in the Film and Digital Media department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Vazquez has directed over thirty productions, including documentaries, video installations, and experimental narratives. His work has shown at film festivals and art exhibitions including the Luton UK, Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia, Mexico, L’immagine Leggera, Palermo, Italy, Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival Broadcast on National PBS. He is a co-author of Documentary Filmmaking: A Contemporary Field Guide, 2nd edition published by Oxford University Press in October 2013.

Zachary James Watkins is a sound artist who has earned degrees in composition from The Cornish School and Mills College. Zachary has received numerous grants and commissions and presented works in festivals across the United States, Mexico and Germany. His 2006 composition Suite for String Quartet was awarded the Paul Merritt Henry Prize for Composition and has been performed as part of the 2nd Annual New Music Marathon in Seattle, WA the Labs 25th Anniversary Celebration and the Labor Sonor Series at Kule in Berlin.  Zachary has enjoyed artist residencies at both the Espy Foundation and Djerassi. He currently teaches Electronic Music at UCSC.

Jennifer A. González teaches in the History of Art and Visual Culture department at the University of California, Santa Cruz and at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York. She has written for numerous periodicals including Aztlán, Frieze, Bomb, Camera Obscura, and Art Journal. Her essays about cyborg bodies and racial embodiment in digital art can be found in anthologies like The Cyborg Handbook (1995) and Race in Cyberspace (2000). Her book Subject to Display: Reframing Race in Contemporary Installation Art (MIT Press, 2008) was a finalist for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award.



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