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Taco Truck Theater and Gallery Tour of Carlos Rolón: Outside/In

Sun, April 8th, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

  • 2 – 3:30 pm: Taco Truck Theater
  • 3:30 – 4:30 pm: Gallery Tour of Carlos Rolón: Outside/In with Curator Katie Pfohl

Admission: $18 general admission, $12 NOMA Members. Advance tickets may be purchased at Eventbrite.

Inspired by Luis Valdez’s legendary Teatro Campesino shows on flatbed trucks in the 1970s that brought attention to the plight of migrant workers in California at parks and union halls, José Torres-Tama and the ArteFuturo Ensemble roll out the Taco Truck Theater/Teatro Sin Fronteras with a GMC vehicle repurposed into a mobile stage that crosses economic, geographic, and racial borders.

Driven by a live music sound-bed and a street performance vibe with pop-up food vendors, the theater company challenges the anti-immigrant hysteria gripping the country. The diverse and bilingual ArteFuturo Ensemble perform a visually dynamic show with moving stories that offer a parallel between Latino immigrants dehumanized as “illegal aliens”, and the historical struggle of African Americans with a national crisis of police shootings of unarmed black civilians.

Led by award-winning performance artist José Torres-Tama, the ensemble includes Monica “Spirit” McIntyre, Cristina “Latina Siren” Maria Blanco, Roberto “Mex-Andino” Carrillo, and features Darius and Diego Torres-Copeland, singers and performers. Their comic battle cry is “NO GUACAMOLE for Immigrant Haters!”

After the performance, join Curator Katie Pfohl for a tour of the exhibition Carlos Rolón: Outside/InRolón, a Puerto Rican artist born in Chicago, is internationally recognized for his paintings, sculptures and installations that break down walls. Working with shattered glass, wrought iron fences, and construction cinderblocks, his art takes these barriers to access and transforms them into new points of entry. Outside/Inexplores the rich connections between New Orleans, Latin America, and the Caribbean through allusions to each region’s natural and built environments.


Sun, April 8th, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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