English Is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas

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When Coco Fusco and collaborator Guillermo Gomez-Pena toured the country in a cage as "authentic natives," their provocative performance piece enraged some and enthralled others. Known for using performance to explore the boundaries of ethnicity in art, Coco Fusco has now brought her talents to bear in a volume of cultural criticism and theory, English is Broken Here. Infused with a unique cultural sensibility, English is Broken Here examines cross-cultural art issues in America at a crucial moment. Coco Fusco ...
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Overview


When Coco Fusco and collaborator Guillermo Gomez-Pena toured the country in a cage as "authentic natives," their provocative performance piece enraged some and enthralled others. Known for using performance to explore the boundaries of ethnicity in art, Coco Fusco has now brought her talents to bear in a volume of cultural criticism and theory, English is Broken Here. Infused with a unique cultural sensibility, English is Broken Here examines cross-cultural art issues in America at a crucial moment. Coco Fusco adds an original and eloquent voice to a growing debate over cultural identity and visual politics.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

[Fusco's] brilliant collection of essays, interviews, and performance pieces. . . offers multilayered artistic and cultural commentary along with refreshingly clear-eyed political acuity.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

An important document marking the raging debate of multiculturalism in these times.
LA WEEKLY

Simultaneously chilling and riotously funny.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Essential reading.
THE NATION

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cultural critic Fusco undermines notions of a monolithic Latino identity by examining the role of race in a broad spectrum of Latin American, U.S. and (to a lesser extent) British black and Latino culture and art. She puts together an illuminating pastiche of autobiographical political essays and art criticism along with transcripts of performance pieces developed in collaboration with performance artist and poet Guillermo Gmez-Pea. Points that seem obscure in the more theoretical pieces are made concrete in essays on specific artists' work and in satirical radio scripts. Fusco occasionally relies on postmodernist jargon, but it is for the most part not impenetrable. The strongest element by far is Fusco's writing on the work of artists Andres Serrano, Pepn Osorio, Lorna Simpson, Graciela Iturbide, Lourdes Grobet, Yolanda Andrade, Jun Snchez, Ana Mendieta, Catalina Parra and the film collectives Black Audio and Sankofa. Her account of appearing in a cage with Gmez-Pea in a performance piece titled Two Undiscovered Amerindians Visit... also stands out-it is simultaneously chilling and riotously funny. Photos not seen by PW. (May)
Booknews
Describes the style and construction of royal raiment, ecclesiastical vestments, academic and legal robes, and civilian dress for all classes. Also discusses related subjects such as jewelry, textiles, armor, and hairdressing. Over 350 black-and- white line drawings of complete costumes, decoration, and patterns are taken from contemporary illustration and sculpture. Includes a glossary without pronunciation. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565842458
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 9.94 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author


Coco Fusco is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and writer. She has performed, lectured, exhibited and curated around the world since 1988. She is a recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship, a 2012 US Artists Fellowship and a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts.
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Table of Contents

Pura Bicultura: An Introduction
El Diario De Miranda/Miranda's Diary 3
Pan-American Postnationalism: Another World Order 21
Passionate Irreverence: The Cultural Politics of Identity 25
The Other History of Intercultural Performance 37
Who's Doin' the Twist? Notes Toward a Politics of Appropriation 65
Andres Serrano Shoots the Klan: An Interview 79
Vernacular Memories: Pepon Osorio 89
Uncanny Dissonance: The Work of Lorna Simpson 97
Essential Differences: Photographs of Mexican Women 103
Rican/Structions: Juan Sanchez 113
Traces of Ana Mendieta: 1988-1993 121
The American Blues of Catalina Parra 127
A Black Avant-Garde? Notes on Black Audio Film Collective and Sankofa 133
Bilingualism, Biculturalism, and Borders 147
Nationalism and Latinos, North and South: A Dialogue 159
Norte: Sur 169
Radio Pirata: Colon Go Home! 179
Endnotes 197
Permissions 203
Index 205
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