Coco Fusco

The Year of the White Bear and Two Undiscovered Amerindians Visit the West

1992-1994

The Year of the White Bear and Two Undiscovered Amerindians visit the West, 1992-1994
Performance
The Year of the White Bear and Two Undiscovered Amerindians visit the West, 1992-1994
Performance
The Year of the White Bear and Two Undiscovered Amerindians visit the West, 1992-1994
Performance
The Year of the White Bear and Two Undiscovered Amerindians visit the West, 1992-1994
Performance
The Year of the White Bear and Two Undiscovered Amerindians visit the West, 1992-1994
Performance

Description

Coco Fusco premiered The Year of the White Bear and Two Undiscovered Amerindians Visit the West in September 1992 at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. The project was written, directed and performed in collaboration with Guillermo Gomez-Peña, and consists of a multimedia installation, experimental radio soundtrack and several performances. The project is a creative investigation/interpretation of the history of how the "discovery" of America has been represented. The cage performance, a component of the project in which Gomez-Peña and Fusco present themselves as "undiscovered Ameridians" from an island in the Gulf of Mexico, has been carried out in Madrid, Spain; London, United Kingdom; Washington, D.C.,; Irvine, CA; and Minneapolis, MN. The performance was selected for the 1992 Sydney Biennale and the 1993 Whitney Biennial.