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New Faculty Colloquium - The Queer Economy of Space: Re-reading Queer Performance 1991-2000

Wed, March 24, 2010 • 4:45 PM • GAR 2.112

Dr. Paul Bonin-Rodriguez

How does performance bind artists, producers, and audiences in a shared space of risk and hope? How might a close reading of these spaces help bridge the theory-practice divide and contribute to performance studies an understanding of how opportunities and careers are crafted?  An Assistant Professor in the Performance as Public Program, Dr. Paul Bonin-Rodriguez comes the University with an extensive background as a touring artist. Currently, he researches grassroots cultural policies, namely the ways in which artists, organizers, and communities working together create cultural opportunities. “The Queer Economy of Space” is drawn from his manuscript-in-progress, The Artist-Producer: How New Market Economies and Cultural Developments Changed the Role of Artists in the U.S. and Abroad (1900-2000). Combining archival research, interviews, and performance, this presentation examines how queer-missioned spaces between 1991-2000 built a material structure and network for performers and audiences to grow and multiply, and offered a model for grassroots cultural policy that supports an understanding of contemporary performance.

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