Juan Jaula es John Cage is a non-traditional documentary made by video artist Zen Cohen about Mexican composer Guillermo Galindo’s confrontation of his musical heritage and education against taboos of the musical “avant-garde” by rehearsing with a Mariachi band to perform a John Cage score.
The project began in 2006 and was completed in July, 2015 with the premiere at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco. The documentary includes interviews with John Cage scholars and musicians, documentation of rehearsals and performances in both San Francisco and Mexico, as well as animations, found footage, and an original score by Guillermo Galindo.
This screening will be followed by a conversation with Zen Cohen and Guillermo Galindo led by Bay Area curator Julie Lazar.
This event is organized in association with the exhibition Border Cantos: Richard Misrach | Guillermo Galindo at the San Jose Museum of Art (February 26, 2016–Sunday, July 31, 2016). This exhibition is accompanied by a multi-disciplinary, community-wide collaboration this spring as partners throughout the Bay Area explore themes of immigration, migration, borders, identity, and social justice through a wide variety of programs, performances, exhibitions, projects, and educational experiences. Partnering organizations include: Asian Law Alliance, San Jose; Asian Pacific Fund, San Francisco; Cabrillo College Puente Project, Aptos; Children’s Discovery Museum, San Jose; City Arts & Lectures, San Francisco; City Lights Theater Company, San Jose; City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs; Consulado de México en San José; de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University; Exploratorium, San Francisco; Friends of Hue Foundation, San Jose; FWD.us and Welcome.us; History San José; Japanese American Museum of San Jose; Licensias.us, San Jose; MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana), San Jose; Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga; Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz; New Museum of Los Gatos (NUMU); Opera Cultura, Oakland; Pajaro Valley Arts, Watsonville; Poetry Center San Jose; San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA); San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles; San Jose Public Library; San Jose Stage Company (in partnership with El Teatro Campesino); School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose; Somos Mayfair, San Jose; Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History, San Jose; Tadaima Project, San Jose; Teatro Visión de San José; The Gallery at the Carmen Castellano Fine Arts Center, San Jose City College; The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose; University of California, Santa Cruz/Chicano Latino Research Center; Veggielution, San Jose; Works San Jose; and ZERO1, San Jose.