, will speak about employing humor as a form of activism. Using the tools of identity thieves as a means to mock the corrupt and powerful, the Yes Men have produced three documentaries about their long cons; they also run a nonprofit, Yes Lab. The Yes Men enjoy bragging on targets, including former President George W. Bush, who called them both “garbagemen” in 2000, and the World Trade Organization, which once dubbed them “deplorable.” The duo seems content to be on the side of the little guy and not The Man.
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Join the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts for the 2017 Mitchell Artist Lecture, a landmark public program that annually features major figures in the world of artistic collaboration. This year’s speakers are artists and political activists, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, known together as The Yes Men. They've been doing "identity correction" or "laughtivism" for nearly two decades. By impersonating leaders and big corporations who put profits ahead of everything else, The Yes Men publicly humiliate them and expose their criminal practices. They've made three award-winning feature films about their actions, and gained international notoriety for impersonating big businesses on international TV and conferences around the world.
About the Mitchell Artist Lecture
The annual Mitchell Artist Lecture features individuals emblematic of artistic collaboration and innovation. Each fall, a leading artist discusses the power and potential of interdisciplinary collaboration to a combined audience of university community and the greater public.
About the Mitchell Center
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts is dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration across the performing, visual and literary arts. Based in the University of Houston Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, the Mitchell Center commissions and produces new works, presents public performances and exhibitions, offers scholarships, and hosts residencies with renowned visiting artists from throughout the world. In addition to the Mitchell Artist Lecture, the center produces CounterCurrent, an annual spring festival of new performance. The Mitchell Center forms an alliance among five departments at UH: the School of Art, Moores School of Music, School of Theatre & Dance, Creative Writing Program and Blaffer Art Museum. The Center was created in late 2003 with a gift from George Mitchell in honor of his wife, Cynthia Woods Mitchell, whose long-standing love of the arts was so evident throughout her life.
Parking available in UH Lot 16.
That man in the gray suit may not be exactly who you think he is — he may be a Yes Man. Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, guests of honor at UH’s Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts’ annual