Since way back in the days of the Chicano movement on the West Coast in the '80s, Guillermo Gomez Pena and Richard Montoya have been getting in people's faces with their individual brands of confrontational performance art. Tonight, the two are coming together, and that doesn't happen every day.
"They both have a reputation for doing this provocative, off-the-cuff, really smart stuff, so they're collaborating here, taking pieces from some of their previous work and melding it together into sort of this back-and-forth, spontaneous dialogue," explains Tanya Mote, development director for Museo de las Americas, which is putting on Los Doppelgangers, their dual show, and the first of its kind anywhere. "It's still in its nascent form, so they're not really considering it a premiere, but this is the first time the public's even going to see it," Mote adds. The show is still developing, so it's hard to know what to expect, but you can probably count on it being funny. Montoya made his name goofing on race with his noted comedy troupe, Culture Clash, and while Gomez Pena's work often leans toward the avant-garde, he can be "kind of a standup performer," Mote says.