Alternatives & Futures
Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Combo Chimbita
Aug 10 2019
Join us for an evening outdoor concert and artist performance, the final event in a series of dynamic public programs that delve deeper into the themes, contexts, and aesthetics that have informed Queens Museum’s Spring 2019 Exhibitions. August 10th evening programs will feature a free outdoor concert with Combo Chimbita and special performance by Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña.
Schedule of Events:
7:30pm: Outdoor Concert with Combo Chimbita
Merging Afro-Latinx rhythms and inspired by Sun Ra and Afrofuturism, Combo Chimbita’s tropical futurism centers the sounds of Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. For their second studio album, Ahomale, Combo Chimbita catapults the sacred knowledge of our forebears into the future. Through a folkloric mystique, otherworldly psychedelia, and a dash of enigmatic punk, this album sees the visionary quartet drawing from ancestral mythologies and musical enlightenment to unearth the awareness of Ahomale, the album’s cosmic muse. Comprised of Carolina Oliveros’ mesmeric contralto, illuminating storytelling and fierce guacharaca rhythms, Prince of Queens’ hypnotic synth stabs and grooving bass lines, Niño Lento’s imaginative guitar licks, and Dilemastronauta’s powerful drumming, the lure and lore of Combo Chimbita comes into existence.
(Queens Museum Lawn, outdoors)
9-10pm: Performance by Guillermo Gómez-Peña with cameos by Balitronica
In his latest solo spoken word performance, The Most (Un) Documented Mexican Artist, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, draws from his 30 year old living archive and combines new and classic performance material to present a unique perspective on the immediate future of the Americas. His self-styled “imaginary activism” invokes performance art as a form of radical democracy and citizenship. Combining spoken word poetry, activist theory, radical storytelling and language experimentation, Gómez-Peña offers critical and humorous commentary about the art world, academia, new technologies, the culture of war and violence in the US, organized crime in Mexico, gender and race politics, and the latest wave of complications surrounding gentrification in the “creative city.”
Artist bio can be found here.
(Queens Museum Atrium, 1st Floor)
Image: Combo Chimbita. Courtesy of Stephanie Orentas.
Image: Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Courtesy of Zach Gross.
Public programs for Spring 2019 exhibitions at Queens Museum are made possible by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts.