The Queerest Germ of All: Darby Crash and L.A. Punk Scene
José Esteban Muñoz Monday, February 14 at 5:00 p.m.427 Engineering Research Center
What is the relation between aesthetics of annihilation and innovation? This lecture considers that question in relation to a larger inquiry about the utility of performing radical queer politics. These theoretical questions are situated within a consideration of the history of the early L.A. Punk scene, specifically the legacy of the enigmatic performer Darby Crash and his legendary band the Germs.
José Esteban Muñoz is Professor and Chair of the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. He is the author of Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (1999), Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (2009), and co-editor of Pop Out: Queer Warhol (1996) and Everynight Life: Culture and Dance in Latin/o America (1997). He is currently completing a manuscript, The Sense of Brown: Ethnicity, Affect, and Performance