Donald Albrecht, Stephen Vider
Written by Donald Albrecht with Stephen Vider in collaboration with the Museum of New York City, this 304-page book has uncovered the lost history of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) artists in New York City. The book underscores that queer people have been flocking to New York for decades, seeking freedom and forging close-knit groups for support and inspiration.
Gay Gotham has brought to life the countercultural artistic communities that sprang up over the last hundred years, a creative class whose radical ideas would determine much of modern culture. Almost 400 images—both works of art, such as paintings and photographs, as well as letters, snapshots, and ephemera—illuminated their personal and professional bonds. By peeling back the overlapping layers of this cultural network that thrived despite its illicitness, this publication revealed a whole new side of the history of New York and celebrated the power of artistic collaboration to transcend oppression.
- Published 2016
- Hardcover, 304 pages
- Designed by Pure+Applied
- 2016 Lambda Literary Award finalist for an LGBTQ Nonfiction
Donald Albrecht is a museum curator at the Museum of New York City. He creates exhibitions, books, and essays that educate and entertain. Projects for public institutions explore a wide range of topics from broad overviews of cultural trends to in-depth profiles of visual and performing artists.
Stephen Vider is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Public History Initiative at Cornell University. His research examines the social practices and politics of everyday life in the 20th century United States, with a focus on intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity.
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