From Matthew Schneier’s article in anticipation of the exhibition “Camp: Notes on Fashion” at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Next week “Camp: Notes on Fashion” will open at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with its famous celebrity-stuffed gala as ribbon cutting. As it does, it’s fair to wonder: Is camp still “lots of fun” when everyone’s on board, aboveboard? The “fugitive sensibility” Sontag hoped to capture is now enshrined in the museum.
So, whither camp? And are we any closer to agreeing on what it is? On the occasion of the new exhibition, “The New York Times” invited six individuals whose work or study has touched camp or been touched by it, to discuss.