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MUNOZ--Jose Esteban, age 46, passed away on December 3 in New York City. The Tisch School of the Arts deeply mourns the loss of Jose Esteban Munoz, professor and former chair of the Department of Performance Studies. He is the author of two influential books: Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics and Cruising Utopia: The Them and There of Queer Futurity, a queer studies book series at NYU Press; co-editor of Everynight Life: Culture and Dance in Latin/o America and Pop Out: Queer Warhol; and the author of dozens of influential articles, book chapters, and essays in journals, anthologies, and artist catalogues. Extraordinary teacher and writer of astonishing grace, Jose was particularly adept at seeing beauty where others sometimes failed to discern it: in the face of his beloved French bulldog Lydia, in the vulnerable flounderings of the queer downtown performance artists he loved, and in his enormous circle of friends on, as he put it, "the island of misfit toys." The Dean of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the Department of Performance Studies offer our deepest sympathy, love and support to Jose's family and his partner, John Andrews, friends, students, colleagues, and loved ones in this difficult time. The Department of Performance Studies will announce plans for a memorial service to be held in Spring 2014; please check for updates.

Published in The New York Times on Dec. 10, 2013