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    ‘Great Chicano thinker’ honored at MOCA

    Tucson’s Museum of Contemporary Art offers many exhibits and events that focus on political art. Guillermo GÇümez-PeÇña’s performance art has no boundaries, dabbling in poetry, writings and photographs.

    Most of his work reflects the borders between Mexican and U.S. cultures. This summer, the museum presents a multitude of events in his honor, including a visit from the artist himself.

    UA art history professor Paul Ivey will speak on behalf of GÇümez-PeÇña’s background, a precursor to the artist’s 10-day workshop to be held in August.

    “”I will address an overall trajectory of his career,”” Ivey said.

    GÇümez-PeÇña is the author of many books, including the recent “”Ethno-Techno: Writings on Performance, Activism and Pedagogy.”” He has received numerous awards and recognition for his work including being a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, nicknamed the “”genius grant.””

    The lecture will offer discussion on cultural hybridity, or the intermingling of cultures, and border issues, Ivey said.

    “”He is one of the great Chicano thinkers of our time,”” Ivey said.

    Ivey’s lecture is tomorrow at the museum, 174 E. Toole Ave., at 6 p.m. The event is free for members and $5 for non-members.

    – Laura Hassett

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