Ever-so-'Queer' performance artFour years ago, Tim Miller...

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August 28, 1994|By J. Wynn Rousuck

Ever-so-'Queer' performance art

Four years ago, Tim Miller made national headlines as one of the "NEA Four" -- a quartet of performance artists denied previously approved grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grants were later reinstated -- with damages -- and Miller has subsequently received other grants from the NEA. Tomorrow Baltimoreans can get an idea of the type of work that caused the controversy when Miller performs his one-man show, "My Queer Body," at 9:30 p.m. at Maryland Art Place's 14Karat Cabaret, 218 W. Saratoga St.

An explicitly personal monologue that includes full nudity, "My Queer Body" demonstrates "that when you turn the wrath of government on artists, you mostly succeed in firing up their imaginations, emboldening their voices and widening their audiences," according to the San Francisco Examiner. "Getting pilloried in public is no fun, but if it's going to happen, . . . Miller provides an inspiring model of how to respond."

Miller has taught performance art at New York University and the University of California at Los Angeles. His appearance here is part of the 1994 Northeastern Presenters Conference, of which MAP is the host. Tickets to "My Queer Body" are $8. Doors open at 9 p.m. For more information, call (410) 962-8565.

@ The University of Maryland Baltimore County presents "Forgotten Marriage: The Painted Tintype and the Decorative Frame," an exhibition that brings together 132 works to explore the unique relationship between the photograph and its frame. The exhibit is on view Thursday through Oct. 2 in the Albin O. hTC Kuhn Library Gallery. The works in "Forgotten Marriage" have been selected from the collection of Stanley Burns, a New York ophthalmologist. The tintype -- a photograph on a thin sheet of iron -- became popular in the 1860s, especially as an inexpensive means for portraiture. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. For information, call (410) 455-2270. If you want to have fun till the cows come home, you have a week to do it. The Maryland State Fair runs through Monday, Sept. 5, at the Timonium Fairgrounds in the 2200 block of York Road.

You missed Pork Day (yesterday), but today is Egg Day, with more daily food fancies to come at the Maryland Foods Pavilion. If you prefer to see your food when it's still alive, there are plenty of chances, from beef steer at the Cow Palace (tomorrow at 1 p.m.) to goat shows at the goat barn (Friday).

When you tire of the midway rides and livestock exhibitions, there's lots of live music. Among the acts performing is the local country band Iron Horse, which begins its gallop at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The fair's opening times are 8:30 a.m. for horse and livestock shows, 10 a.m. for exhibition halls, 11 a.m. for the midway on weekends and noon for the midway on weekdays, and 1 p.m. post time for Thoroughbred horse racing. Closing times are 10 p.m. for all demonstration and exhibition halls and 11 p.m. for the midway. Admission is $4 for adults, free for children under 12. To find out more, call (410) 252-0200, Ext. 226.

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