Cultural Commissions – Guillermo Gomez-Peña

Guillermo Gomez-Peña

The Wallace Initiative commissioned  working papers/artistic responses from Bay Area artists about deepening, expanding, and diversifying cultural participation, hoping to generate new ideas and spark conversations between regional artists and arts organizations.

In March 2009, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, performance artist and co-founder of the collaborative performance group La Pocha Nostra, created a series of audio postcards for radio based on his El Corazón de la Misión project. Gomez-Peña frames these postcards as “my tribute to this wonderful barrio, the ultimate creative neighborhood” and uses them to explore such issues as gentrification, identity, and culture within the Mission District.

“Are we the final destination of hundreds of thousands of sexual and artistic misfits escaping orthodoxy in our distant homelands or are we merely taking a ghetto cruise? Let’s find out, let’s cruise my inner barrio to the beat of Radio Mission FM…

Individual audio files of Radio Misíon: Audio-postcards from a Bohemian Theme Park are available for download from The San Francisco Foundation website here:

  1. An Ode to the Mission (2:47)
  2. Locals vs. Hipsters (3:38)
  3. Driving Down Mission St. (4:13)
  4. Mission Dolores (3:48)
  5. The Valencia Corridor (4:10)
  6. A Bohemian Theme Park (3:01)
  7. The Ritual of Permanent Displacement (3:35)

Audio files require iTunes or Quicktime to play. Click here to download the latest version of iTunes, click here to download the latest version of Quicktime.


1 Response to “Cultural Commissions – Guillermo Gomez-Peña”

  1. 1 Rebecca Novick June 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    These are so worth listening to! One of the extraordinary stand-outs of the commissions, and amazing to hear in his own voice.

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