Queerly Feeling Art in Public: The Gay Liberation Mo(nu)ment

  • Martin ZebrackiEmail author


Zebracki presents a creative standpoint piece, combining auto-ethnographical writing and found poetry of own fieldnotes, to achieve a novel dual aim. Focusing on the Gay Liberation Monument in New York, he first explores the under-addressed affective relationship between materiality and sexuality through the medium of a public artwork. Second, he probes into the relevance of queer theory as a productive mode for ‘queerying’ the representational paradox that is part and parcel of translating observation of public artwork in both research practice and research output. The analysis also draws attention to the transformative potential of rendering situated experimental research as a public work of art in and of itself.


  1. Ahmed, S. (2006). Queer phenomenology: Orientations, objects, others. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Anderson, B., & Harrison, P. (2012). Taking-place: Non-representational theories and geography. Farnham, UK: Ashgate.Google Scholar
  3. Boellstorff, T. (2010). Queer techne: Two theses on methodology and queer studies. In K. Browne & C. Nash (Eds.), Queer methods and methodologies: Intersecting queer theories and social science research (pp. 215–230). London, UK: Routledge.Google Scholar
  4. Doan, P. (2015). Planning and LGBTQ communities: The need for inclusive queer spaces. New York, NY: Routledge.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Halberstam, J. (2005). In a queer time and place: Transgender bodies, subcultural lives. New York, NY: New York University Press.Google Scholar
  6. Halley, J., & Parker, A. (2011). Introduction. In J. Halley, A. Parker, & M. Barale (Eds.), After sex? On writing since queer theory (pp. 1–14). Durham, NC: Duke University Press.Google Scholar
  7. Haraway, D. (1988). Situated knowledges: The science question in feminism and the privilege of partial perspective. Feminist Studies, 14, 575–599.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Irazábal, C., & Huerta, C. (2016). Intersectionality and planning at the margins: LGBTQ youth of color in New York. Gender, Place & Culture, 23, 714–732.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Longhurst, R., Ho., E., & Johnston, L. (2008). Using ‘the body’ as an ‘instrument of research’: Kimch’i and Pavlova. Area, 40, 208–217.Google Scholar
  10. Mekler, A. (2018). LGBTIQ (in)visibility: A human security approach to SOGIESC. In Mason (Ed.), Routledge handbook of queer development studies (pp. 155–168). New York, NY: Routledge.Google Scholar
  11. Prendergast, M. (2006). Found poetry as literature review: Research poems on audience and performance. Qualitative Inquiry, 12, 369–388.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Sedgwick, E. (1993). Queer performativity: Henry James’s The Art of the Novel. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 1, 1–16.Google Scholar
  13. Summers, C. (2003). George Segal’s Gay Liberation. Retrieved from
  14. Thompson, M. (2012). Clones for a queer nation: George Segal’s Gay Liberation and temporality. Art History, 35, 796–815.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Zebracki, M. (2017a). Homomonument as queer micropublic: An emotional geography of sexual citizenship. Journal of Economic and Social Geography, 108, 345–355.Google Scholar
  16. Zebracki, M. (2017b). Queerying public art in digitally networked space. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 16, 440–474.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of GeographyUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

Personalised recommendations