Led by local scholar and artist Celeste Fraser Delgado, the Cruising Miami salon will encourage a shifting series of writing and performance partnerships centered around the theme of public sex as a form of utopian longing as presented in the work of Hialeah-born queer scholar José Esteban Muñoz. These couplings will result in readings and performances presented at the close of the salon.
Participants will read excerpts from and discuss the ideas presented in Muñoz’s book “Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity”. Because the chapter, like much of the book, is based on work created by artists in New York City, we will discuss the potential for applying Muñoz’s ideas to the queer lifeworld of Miami and particularly Muñoz’s hometown, Hialeah.
Participants will be invited to write and share their understanding of the book in the context of South Florida.
Participants are encouraged, but not required, to read the chapter in advance.
Date: August, 25th, 2014
Time: 7:30 – 8:30
Location: ArtCenter/ South Florida, 800 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida 33139.
Cost: all events are free & open to the public.
CELESTE FRASER DELGADO is associate professor of English and Humanities at Barry University, and co-editor with José Esteban Muñoz of Everynight Life: Culture and Dance in Latin/o America (Duke University Press). A longtime arts critic in Miami, she contributes to the Miami Herald, Miami New Times, and artburstmiami.com. Her book, We Never Asked for Carnival: Celebrating Life in a Time of Crisis is forthcoming from Caribbean Studies Press.