April 14 9:30 – 11:00 am Camilleri Hall
Suzanne Lacy and Richard Montoya
Lacy and Montoya will speak on their experiences in performance art and theater at the intersections of art and social change. Lacy will present two recent projects in England and Ecuador that bring communities together in works about racism and violence. Montoya will speak on Culture Clash, a comedy-based performance troupe whose work centers around racism, immigration, discrimination, and identity in Latin-American communities. Following short presentations on their work, the artists will “interview” each other and entertain questions from the audience. What are the issues facing artists in these turbulent times?
Richard Montoya was born in San Diego, CA in 1959 to parents actively involved in the United Farm Workers Movement of the 1970s and 1980s. He was influenced by his family’s involvement in matters of civil rights to pursue a career in political and social activism, and chose to accomplish these goals mainly through writing original works and acting in plays and films. He studied at the American Conservatory Theatre and has spent time working with Luis Valdez‘s famed El Teatro Campesino and the Sundance Institute‘s Writers and Directors Lab where he was awarded two Annenberg Fellowships.
Suzanne Lacy was born in the San Joaquin Valley, near where Montoya grew up. A visual artist whose prolific career includes performances, video and photographic installation, critical writing and public practices in communities, Lacy is best known for shaping an emergent art of social engagement. Her work features large-scale public performances involving literally hundreds of performers and thousands of audience members in conversation on racism, identity, violence and class inequity. She is Professor of Art at the USC Roski School of Art and Design.
Free Admission, Reservations Recommended. (RSVP Here)