In June 2014 I opened a floating peepshow in the San Francisco Bay as part of the group exhibition Offshore-- commissioned by Southern Exposure. The project was specifically a response to the demise of two beloved clubs in the rapidly gentrifying San Francisco Bay Area: the Lusty Lady, the nation's only worker-owned and unionized strip club and Esta Noche, an infamous Latino gay bar which both closed within 6 months of each other.
Because there didn’t seem to be enough affordable space on the landmass of San Francisco I decided to re-open some version of them on the water--to honor them as institutions of culture.
One of the performers, a drag queen who came of age at Esta Noche, Persia, said that the whitewashing of San Francisco would turn Esta Noche into TONIGHT. So we named the floating island TONIGHT.
Performers from the Lusty Lady, Esta Noche, and the Center for Sex and Culture danced inside the hulls of 4 sailboats rafted together offshore.
More than 600 people were transported in small inflatable boats to the floating peepshow--- art people, old guys, queers, sex workers, young professionals, and working class sailors. It was many people’s first time either on the water or experiencing a peep show.