Columbia Professor Camps It Up With the 'New York Times'

Just before the opening of Camp: Notes on Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jack Halberstam discusses this exuberant aesthetic and its enduring influence.

Eve Glasberg
May 06, 2019

On May 9 the exhibition Camp: Notes on Fashion opens at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This year the Costume Institute’s annual spring show—which kicks off with tonight’s star-studded gala—explores the origins of camp’s exuberant aesthetic, using Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, “Notes on Camp,” as the framework. Camp: Notes on Fashion, which looks at more than 250 objects dating from the 17th century to the present,  examines how the style has influenced not only fashion, but also film, television, design and pop culture.

Jack Halberstam, a professor in the department of English and comparative literature and the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, joined a panel of camp experts at the New York Times to discuss what the concept now means on the occasion of the exhibition’s opening.