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Columbia University's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
presents its inaugural Artists at the Center event:
SUPERSTAR! A Tribute to Mario Montez
Wednesday, March 31st
Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Hall
538 West 120th Street
New York, New York 10027
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, with a reception to follow
Superstar! is a one-day conference celebrating and discussing the career of one of New York's most gifted performers.
Born in Puerto Rico in 1935, Montez moved to New York while still a child. He first appeared on screen in Jack Smith's queer classic Flaming Creatures (1962–63). Later he became Andy Warhol's first drag superstar, starring in more than ten of his films. Montez was also a favorite of underground theater, appearing regularly in Theatre of the Ridiculous productions by Charles Ludlam, Ronald Tavel and John Vaccaro.
For the first time in 30 years, Mr. Montez will return to New York to talk about his work and life. Joining him will be Callie Angell, Douglas Crimp, Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé, Ronald Gregg, Maja Horn, Branden Joseph, Agosto Machado, Ricardo Montez, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Marc Siegel, and Carmelita Tropicana.
* Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University
* CC/SEAS Office of Multicultural Affairs, Columbia University
* Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, New York University
* Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Columbia University
* Barnard Center for Research on Women, Barnard College
* Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Columbia University
* Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference, Columbia University
* Department of Spanish and Latin American Cultures, Barnard College
* Department of Theatre, Barnard College