1001 Beds: Performances, Essays, and Travels [NOOK Book]

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    For a quarter century, Tim Miller has worked at the intersection of performance, politics, and identity, using his personal experiences to create entertaining but pointed explorations of life as a gay American man—from the perils and joys of sex and relationships to the struggles of political disenfranchisement and artistic censorship. This intimate autobiographical collage of Miller's professional and personal life reveals one of the celebrated creators of a crucial contemporary art form and a tireless advocate for the
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1001 Beds: Performances, Essays, and Travels

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Overview

    For a quarter century, Tim Miller has worked at the intersection of performance, politics, and identity, using his personal experiences to create entertaining but pointed explorations of life as a gay American man—from the perils and joys of sex and relationships to the struggles of political disenfranchisement and artistic censorship. This intimate autobiographical collage of Miller's professional and personal life reveals one of the celebrated creators of a crucial contemporary art form and a tireless advocate for the American dream of political equality for all citizens.
    Here we have the most complete Miller yet—a raucous collection of his performance scripts, essays, interviews, journal entries, and photographs, as well as his most recent stage piece Us. This volume brings together the personal, communal, and national political strands that interweave through his work from its beginnings and ultimately define Miller's place as a contemporary artist, activist, and gay man.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Performance artist Tim Miller has been a pioneering and inspiring figure for twenty-five years. Taking us into the heart of his very original work, 1001 Beds shows Miller as an engaged and effective storyteller and provocateur. It will attract readers from a variety of constituencies and be wonderful for classes."—Lynn C. Miller, editor of Voices Made Flesh

"Tim Miller has made a career not only of making the personal political, but more important, of making the political personal. As a result, 1001 Beds is not just a document of life as a performance artist, but a history of performance art; it is not just the story of a gay man, but an account of how being gay has changed."—David Bergman, series editor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299216931
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 3/21/2006
  • Series: Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiog
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 312
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

    Tim Miller is an internationally acclaimed performance artist and gay rights activist. He is the author of the books Body Blows and Shirts & Skin and his performance texts have appeared in the play collections O Solo Homo and Sharing the Delirium. He teaches performance at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Theater and is cofounder of Performance Space 122 in New York City and Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, California.
    Glen Johnson is professor of English and media studies at the Catholic University of America.
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Table of Contents

<new recto> Contents Editor's Introduction, Glen Johnson 000 Prologue Memory and Facing the Future 000 Part 1: New York Years Performance N.Y.C. 000 Floor It! 000 Stories from Democracy in America 000 Live Boys, Tim Miller and John Bernd 000 Buddy Systems: Two Excerpts, Tim Miller with Douglas Sadownick 000 Liebestod on Hollywood Boulevard 000 Dogfight 000 Coda: John in the dream realm 000 Part 2: Activism Professional Autobiography, 1990 000 ACT UP 000 Civil Disobedience Weekend 000 "The artist becomes really woven into the community as a worker": Interview with Linda Frye Burnham 000 AIDS Test 000 Coda: A circle headed towards the future 000 Part 3: Culture War The NEA Four Case 000 Artist's Statement 000 An Artist's Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1990 000 Excerpts from Tim Miller's Deposition in the NEA Four Lawsuit 000 Two Supreme Court Reports, 1998 000 Oral argument: Tim Miller's Supreme Court report 000 The decision: A Supreme drag 000 An Anarchic, Subversive, Erotic Soul: Interview with Steven Durland 000 The Battle of Chattanooga 000 Coda: Notorious me 000 Part 4: The Teacher Embodied Pedagogy 000 Suck, Spit, Chew, Swallow: A Performative Exploration of Men's Bodies 000 Jesus and the Queer Performance Artist 000 Coda: The maw of Hollywood 000 Part 5: Us Oklahomo! 000 Carnal Garage, Tim Miller and Alistair McCartney 000 Tokyo Tim 000 Us 000 Making Us: An Interview with John S. Gentile 000 Epilogue 1001 Beds 000 Acknowledgments 000 Bibliography 000
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