February 11 – May 14, 2021 at Latinx Project at NYU
“[H]ere and now is a prison house. We must strive, in the face of the here and now’s totalizing rendering of reality, to think and feel a then and there... we must dream and enact new and better pleasures, other ways of being in the world, and ultimately new worlds.”
– José Esteban Muñoz (1963- 2013), renowned art critic and queer theorist.
Cruising the Horizon: New York is a vessel for radical imagination and existence to be shared and witnessed as a way for different worlds and realities to be experienced on the view that the “here and now” is simply not enough. The works in this virtual exhibition move viewers to exist and express themselves freely and radically, without the oppressive conditions, restrictions, and boundaries of normative expectations and performances, especially in terms of gender and sexuality, majoritarian belonging, white supremacy, and authoritarian systems. Now, more than ever, there is a greater need to generate and present experimental thoughts, and radical modes of existence.
The exhibition is influenced by José Esteban Muñoz, renowned art critic and queer theorist, and his book “Cruising Utopia,” where he writes that the “here and now is a prison house” and simply not enough. Muñoz calls for dreams and imagination to drive us forward to a future “then and there,” where true queerness and “greater openness to the world” exist.