Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2001 09:53:28 -0800 (PST)

Performance Artist Tim Miller on KUCI

Irvine -- Kicking off the first show of the real millennium, Tim Miller will chat on KUCI about his performance art work, the Glory Box.

Miller, a native of Orange County, will be interviewed on Subversity, a KUCI public affairs program, on Wednesday, January 3, 2001, from 5-6 p.m. on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange County, Calif. The show is Web-cast simultaneously via

Miller, openly gay, is one of the NEA 4 plaintiffs who successfully sued the arts agency over censorship of their artistic work. The case reached the U.S. Supreme Court. He appears this weekend in Santa Ana (see below) peforming Glory Box, about his struggle to get his immigrant lover's stay legalized.

Miller is the author of Shirts & Skins, an autobiography published by Alyson (1997).

A video of his work is also available at UCI Main Library: Tim Miller (Loisada Arts, 1997). MRC Call No. NX512.M55 T56 1997

Tim Miller: Loud and Queer

Review in OC Weekly:


Performance Artist Tim Miller Performs "Glory Box"  
January 5 and 6, 2001

    On January 5 and 6, 2001, Rude Guerrilla Theater Company is proud to be 
hosting "Glory Box" by internationally-acclaimed performance artist Tim 
Miller. Taking its name from the Australian term for hope chest, "Glory Box" 
is a funny, sexy, and politically charged exploration of same-sex marriage 
and the struggle for immigration rights for lesbian and gay bi-national 
couples.  The piece recounts the trials Miller has been forced to undergo in 
trying to keep his Australian partner in the United States.  "Glory Box" 
careens from Miller's hilarious grade school playground battles over wanting 
to marry another boy to the bittersweet adult challenges of relationships, 
climaxing in a harrowing nightmare of his lover being torn from him at an 
international airport.  
    This limited engagement opens Friday, January 5 at The Empire Theater, 
200 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA. 92701. Playing for two nights only, Friday, 
January 5 and Saturday, January 6 at 8:00 p.m., ticket prices for the two 
performances are $20 general admission, $15 for students and seniors.   
    Michael Feingold in The Village Voice wrote of  "Glory Box," "The 
subject--immigration rights for same-sex partners--is a thorny one and arcane 
to most Americans, but Miller has a gift for letting one topic open 
surprising doors into a multitude of others; his works are as canny and 
complex as they are charming." 
    "I want the piece to conjure for the audience a new glory box," says 
Miller. "A new kind of hope chest, that can be an alternative site for the 
placing of memories, hopes, and dreams of gay people's extraordinary 
potential for love."
    Hailed for its humor and passion, Miller's art is dedicated to trying
to make sense of sex, life, and love in a tumultuous world. He has tackled
this challenge most recently in pieces such as "Naked Breath" (1994),
"Fruit Cocktail" (1996), and "Shirts & Skin" (1997, based on his
autobiographical book of the same name).  Until February 2000, Miller was
artistic director and California Arts Council artist-in-residence at
Highways in Santa Monica, and gained notoriety as one of the "NEA Four"
artists whose National Endowment for the Arts grants were rescinded in
    The four sued the agency and ultimately won reinstatements of their 
grants plus punitive damages. Although the United States Supreme Court 
decided in 1998 to overturn part of Miller's case and ruled that "standards 
of decency" can be constitutional criteria for federal funding of the arts, 
Miller has vowed "to continue fighting for freedom of expression for voices 
of diversity."  

Daniel C. Tsang
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