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José Muñoz Award Ceremony Honoring Carmelita Tropicana

June 29, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


On Tuesday, June 29th Award Ceremony, Carmelita Tropicana will be in conversation with Jaime Shearn Coan.

***This is the 1st of a 2 part series event…Stay tuned for a Live Performance by Carmelita Tropicana later this Summer!!***

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This year, CLAGS is excited to announce CARMELITA TROPICANA as our 2021 Honoree for the José Muñoz Award.

Carmelita Tropicana has been performing in New York’s downtown arts scene since the 1980’s, straddling the worlds of performance art and theater with irreverent humor, subversive fantasy, and bilingual puns. Works online include That’s Not What Happened, podcast (2021) Soho Rep, Pandemic Fight, Theater for One Project (2020) and Rad Women for Pandemic Times, 100 Years / 100 Women, The Park Avenue Armory (2020). Tropicana is a 2020-21 artist in residence at Soho Rep’s Project One Cohort, a 2021 United States Artist Fellow, a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2016 Creative Capital award recipient, and 1998 Obie recipient. Publications include Memories of the Revolution: The First 10 Years of the Wow Café Theater, (2015) edited with Holly Hughes and Jill Dolan and Carmelita Tropicana: Performing Between Cultures (2000). Numerous academic scholars have written about her work including queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz in his seminal book Disidentifications, Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics. Tropicana was an original member of the WOW theater collective, served on the Board of Directors of PS New York, and presently serves on the New York Foundation for the Arts board. She’s a member of Actors Equity Association and the Dramatist Guild.


The Award Ceremony and Discussion will be via Zoom and livestreamed on our FB Page. The zoom link will be provided the day before the event.


The José Muñoz Award is given in honor of LGBTQ activists who have promoted queer and trans studies and visibility in their work. Previous awardees include Janet Mock and Jose Antonio Vargas as well as Patrisse Cullors.

This event is presented with Public Programs at the CUNY Graduate Center.


June 29, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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