Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tim Miller: Artiste

Villanova University cancelled a week-long workshop by a gay performance artist named Tim Miller who apparently makes his living going from university to university ranting about how tough it is to be gay in America. His "art" includes simulated sex acts, nudity, descriptions of youthful masturbation and playing his father's sperm as he "f---ed" his mother.

As a member of ACT-UP, a gay and virulently anti-Catholic protest group, he organized and engaged in various acts of civil disobedience that led to numerous arrests of which he remains very proud.

As part of his act, he calls the politicians who took away his NEA grant back in the 1990s, certain "f--- ed up, right-wing senators and congress people in Washington." How dare they.

I had never heard of Tim Miller until this "controversy," which he attributes to "homophobia," blah, blah, blah.

But after reading about him, I watched this video of one of his artistic performances. It's called Glory Box. Check it out. See what you think. Did Villanova make the right decision?

More in my print column tomorrow. But let's face it, for a militantly gay performance artiste there is no such thing as bad publicity.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Villanova grad, I am very glad this was cancelled, and glad to keep informed. Thanks Spencer.

February 21, 2012 at 6:12 PM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

Gil - After watching this, the first thing that came to mind was Spalding Gray's "Swimming to Cambodia" Maybe the students would be better off watching "God Bless America" and reruns of the South Park Pedophile Show. You think?

February 21, 2012 at 6:59 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too controversial

February 21, 2012 at 8:35 PM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

I doubt Bobcat Goldthwait demanded taxpayer funding for his "art."

February 21, 2012 at 9:23 PM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

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February 21, 2012 at 9:44 PM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

Gil - Can you 'Demand" taxpayer funding for your art? Cause if you can, I'm getting in line. C,mon Gil. It doesn't work that way, and you know it. Now I'll have to spend the next two weeks explaining to Danny and jake how it really works. I watched the entire video that you posted. I bet you did too. You may not like the subject matter, but you have to admit, he's a compelling story teller. He holds your attention. "God Bless America" is a must see, but you have issues with this guy? Watch "Swimming to Cambodia" and get back to me. This guy is the gay Spalding Gray.

February 21, 2012 at 10:36 PM 
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February 22, 2012 at 3:16 AM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

What can I say.

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February 22, 2012 at 8:23 AM 
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Squirrel - I thought she was saying that I'm a mean man.

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