while exploring how i will choose which gertrude stein events to attend this summer i got side-tracked by wayne koestenbaum. this gay jewish writer and cultural critic is this year’s phyllis wattis distinguished lecture. i was able to learn a little bit about his contributions and amazing writings that tackle our queer cultural history today. understanding how much of a key figure gertrude stein is within queer history koestenbaum has been commissioned by SFMOMA to write a new piece related to the stein exhibition.
just in case you have interest in hearing wayne koestenbaum speak on the topic of painting and writing on june 2 here is a link to find out more information.