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The Life & Times of Culture Clash: A 15-year Journey
3/4/2000 - 4/15/2000
Curated by René Yañez and Carolina Ponce de León, this exhibition featured the art, photos, props and videos of Culture Clash (Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza). The exhibition included paintings, drops, drawings, prints & artworks by José Antonio Burciaga, Gronk, Acebo, David Avalos and others.
  Galería Exhibitions The Brown Sheep Project <2000>
The Life & Times of Culture Clash: A 15-year Journey <2000>
DIGITAL MURAL PROJECT By Lucia Grosberger-Morales <2000>
Out of Line:Chicano/Latino Drawings <2000>
Digital Mural Project: Al Lujan <2000>
Spray Power Speak Pride <2000>
Digital Mural Project: Los Über-Locos <2000>
Day of the Dead: El Último Difunto <2000>
Amigo Racism: Mickey Mouse Meets the Taco Bell Chihuahua <2000>
Digital Mural Project: Alma Lopez <2000>
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CULTURE CLASH: A 15-YEAR JOURNEY
By Victor Payan

The socially active Chicano/Latino theatre troupe, which is comprised of writer/performers Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza return to the Galeria de la Raza, the birthplace of the group, nationally known as Culture Clash. It was 15 years ago on Cinco de Mayo, 1984, that art curator René Yañez brought together several performers for a "comedy fiesta" that changed Chicano/Latino humor and performance forever. That genesis also included Marga Gomez, Monica Palacios and the late José Antonio Burciaga.

Over the course of this last decade and a half, Culture Clash has done much to secure the presence of a strong and consistent Chicano/Latino voice and visual esthetic on the American stage with such plays as "The Mission", "A Bowl of Beings", and "Radio Mambo".

Evolving over the years from sketch comics to cultural archaeologists of sorts, the trio has earned critical and public acclaim for their skillful use of humor to bring sensitive, heavyweight issues such as discrimination, racism, worker's rights and abuses of the injustice systems into the greater public dialogue. Culture Clash repertoire has grown to include characters from the wide spectrum of the American experience, which is full of contradictions, absurdities and frightening realities. The boys gleefully report the madness back to America and often toss it back to their audience like a hot potato.

Culture Clash's biting social commentary and incredible sense of comedic timing have earned them comparisons to the Marx Brothers, Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Monty Python and Cantinflas. In the same spirit of the San Francisco Mime Troupe and El Teatro Campesino, Culture Clash understands the power of collective laughter to deal with difficult issues.

Since 1990, the group has created eight major works theatre works, were featured on the PBS Great Performances series, a half dozen Hollywood movies, produced two seasons of cutting edge TV comedy, hosted two Big Top Locos, a Los Angeles Chicano/Mexicano rock music festival, and kept a busy schedule of touring at some the nation's top repertory theatres, colleges and fundraisers.

In 1998 alone, they debuted The Birds, a critically-acclaimed adaptation of Aristophanes' classic Greek work, and Bordertown, which examined the complexities of life in the San Diego/Tijuana region. They made the cover of American Theatre magazine and published a book, Life, Death and Revolutionary Comedy.

Last year, the group premiered their third site-specific piece called Nuyorican Stories, a loving and gritty portrait of Nuyorican and Chicano poets and activists of the 1970's. Culture Clash is currently fixing its lens on the Mission District and will premiere the work in November for BRAVA. A commission from the Arena stage will take them to the nation's capital for a work about Washington D.C. in the year 2001.

They embark on the journey anew, just as they began, partly detectives, partly ambassadors, always on the move, and ever in search of America.