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Wayne Koestenbaum

Related Exhibition The Steins Collect
Part of The Phyllis Wattis Distinguished Lecture Series

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Wayne Koestenbaum, cultural critic and distinguished professor of English, City University of New York

Image: Wayne Koestenbaum; photo: Heike Steinweg

Essayist, cultural critic, and poet Koestenbaum is one of the most energetic and original writers working today. With books like The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality and the Mystery of Desire and Hotel Theory, he has made an unparalleled contribution to the writing of queer cultural history. Gertrude Stein was a key figure in that history as well as in the development of modern art in early 20th-century Paris. For this year’s Phyllis Wattis Distinguished Lecture, SFMOMA has commissioned Koestenbaum to write a new piece related to The Steins Collect; his topic: painting and writing.

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