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Queer Aesthetics – Matti Bunzl in conversation with historian George Chauncey

“The homosexual” in art has been hotly debated since the 1960s, when Susan Sontag attempted to anatomize the aesthetics of camp. Is there a queer culture? And if so, what are its attributes? As part of the exhibition “Sex in Vienna,” Wien Museum Director Matti Bunzl discusses this question with historian George Chauncey, Professor at Yale University and a leading international expert on gay history. His groundbreaking study “Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890–1940” is the founding text of modern gay and lesbian historiography. After years of devoting his expertise to the ultimately successful fight for gay marriage, Chauncey is currently working on the study’s eagerly anticipated continuation.


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