Mapping Leather and Brown in San Francisco’s South of Market with Thea Quiray Tagle
Date: Tuesday, April 18th
Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
Location: UW1-280 (Rose Room)
No RSVP required. Free and open to the public.
This talk maps the palimpsestic histories of Filipino/American and LGBTQ communities that have lived and worked in San Francisco’s South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood since the early 20th century, through psychogeographic performances by queer Filipina/Colombian performance artist Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa; diasporic Filipino/American punk groups; and the leather daddies of Folsom Street. This talk argues that varied fashionings of self—or the queer and Filipino geographies of kinship and sociality throughout the neighborhood—reveal the limits of community-led initiatives which wish to designate as either an LGBT or Filipino “Heritage District.” Embodied performances, in their insistence on one’s "being there" and as in their remappings of the South of Market, offer an alternative mode of imagining and inhabiting a neighborhood which can support both LGBTQ and Filipino/American lives.
This presentation is part of IAS' 3 talk series Research Colloqium. For more information please click HERE>>
Thea Quiray Tagle, PhD is a scholar, teacher, and writer interested in investigating the intersections between conceptual art and site-specific performance; urban planning and redevelopment schemes; and grassroots responses to political crises across multiple scales. She is a full-time faculty member at the University of Washington Bothell in American and Ethnic Studies; Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; and the MA Program in Cultural Studies, and is a 2016-2017 Community-Based Learning and Research Fellow at UWB. From 2015-2016, she was the Postdoctoral Research Associate in Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California-San Diego in 2015, and her BA in Political Science and Human Rights Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2004. Quiray Tagle is presently completing her manuscript, prospectively titled Salvaging Community: Socially Engaged Art, Urban Renewal, and the Remaking of San Francisco. This work, in part, draws from her work as a scholar-in-residence for the In Community pilot program at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. She has work forthcoming in Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures of the Americas, and her arts writing has been featured in online publications including Hyperallergic and the Center for Art + Thought.