Let Me Speak

Tuesday, Oct 27, 2020

The National Coalition Against Censorship annual benefit in New York City. The auction is hosted online starting October 28, and will culminate on the evening of Friday, November 13th.

TUG Collective

Spirit Mound from Mankiller (in Memory of James Luna) print

Gustavo Aguilar and Gaelyn Aguilar (aka TUG Collective) join an impressive cadre of over 130 artists in Let Me Speak, an upcoming, virtual benefit auction hosted by the National Coalition Against Censorship.

The National Coalition Against Censorship has been advocating for free expression and the right to think, create and explore new ideas for more than 45 years. As a coalition of over 50 national organizations, NCAC works to resolve controversies through education and advocacy, avoiding the need for legal action, and supporting artists, students, teachers, activists, authors, librarians and others to become their own advocates and develop strategies to counter censorship in all its ever-changing forms. The website for the auction is now live, with previewing of work through October 27. View the entire auction collection and the TUG Collective’s contribution.

Bidding opens October 28, and will culminate on the evening of Friday, November 13th. The the gallery of works was curated by Kathy Brew.

Kathy Brew is a videomaker/artist and curator. In addition to her award-winning documentaries, experimental work, and public television productions, she has worked with the Museum of Modern Art’s Documentary Fortnight (2016-2020) and Lincoln Center’s NY Video Festival, as well as the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History and Thundergulch/Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s new media arts initiative, among many others. In 2018, she spent four months in Peru as a Fulbright Scholar, where she completed Following the Thread, a short film about indigenous weaving communities, along with a portfolio of photographs. Kathy teaches at the School of Visual Arts MFA Art Practice Department.

Gustavo Aguilar is an Assistant Arts Professor of Collaborative Arts. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Corpus Christi State University, a Master of Music from The University of Akron, a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Contemporary Performance from the University of California, San Diego.

Gustavo is an interdisciplinary artist whose approach to making, performing, and improvising cooperatively combines the archive (preconceived elements such as notation, texts, documents, letters) and the repertoire (present-conceived elements such as gesture, movement, orality, aurality). Gustavo's current projects include those carried out as the Co-Artistic Director of TUG (www.tugcollective.org), an interdisciplinary collective that creates contact zones where people can generate insights about, and produce actions around, contemporary social issues, and the Gustavo Aguilar Get Libre Collective, a space for developing music and sound compositions that intertwine past-composed (notated) and present-composed (improvised) elements.