Samstag Abend im Eagle (Saturday Night at the Eagle)
Drawing from Michael Warner’s understanding that “intimate relations and the sexual body can in fact be understood as projects for transformation among strangers,” this piece examines the way queers have built public sexual cultures. (Warner, Publics and Counterpublics, 2002)
Ostensibly disparate clichés – Germans & Jews, the negotiation of serostatus, a tale of cruising that could take place at any leather bar anywhere, and the ritual of laying tefillin as a marker of entering Jewish, male adulthood – draw parallels between the assimilation of European Jewry into American culture during the first half of the 20th century, and the assimilationist shift within the LGBT movement that has taken place within the last decade. The work also investigates the cultural history of HIV/AIDS, and the ineluctable relationship that gay men have to it.