A New York Century on Display


Gay GothamGay Gotham: Art and Underground
Culture in New York

Museum of the City of New York
Oct. 7, 2016 – Feb. 26, 2017
Companion Catalog
by Donald Albrecht
Rizzoli, 304 pages, $65.



LAID OUT in two galleries on two floors of the Museum of the City of New York, Gay Gotham has three chronological sections: “1910-1933, Visible Subcultures”; “1933-1969, Open Secrets”; and “1969-1993, Out New York.” A handful of artists and their peer networks are the core focus of each section, with visual artists Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorpe, composer Leonard Bernstein, and choreographers Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane some of the marquee names. Many of the less famous but still important artists spotlighted are Harlem Renaissance artist, writer, and actor Richard Bruce Nugent, midcentury photographer George Platt Lynes, feminist mixed-media artist Harmony Hammond, and ’80s East Village artist and model Greer Lankton.

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