Photo by G.
New York! Get ready for a winter time clusterfuck! The reclusive and almost always disapproving Morrissey will be signing his autobiography entitled “Autobiography” at Barnes and Noble in Union Square on December 12, 2013 at 7 pm. No performance, no reading, just a ‘straight’ signing. Your receipt for book purchase is your ticket (per their tweet) My suggestion is that you get there early and don’t be disappointed if Moz signs a few and peaces out. Good luck!
Update: A day after getting everyone’s panties in a bunch about this event, Barnes and Noble (via Gothamist) have backtracked and said the event is not happening. I wonder if it’s because Morrissey disapproved of the venue. Or maybe he is still blaming former Smiths manager for sabotaging this effort?
Photo by G.
New York! Here’s your chance to meet Kylie Minogue! The true queen of pop is launching her book “Kylie Fashion,” a coffee table book of her iconic looks on June 17th, 2013. She’ll be at Sak’s 5th Avenue from 5:15 – 7:15 PM, signing books purchased at the event. RSVP is required so call 212-940-4372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
Photos by G. Art by Imran Qureshi.
Imran Qureshi on the Roof of the Met
Every year, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has a different exhibit on the roof of the building. In previous years, Jeff Koons’ balloon dog was there as was a really cool installation by Roxy Paine. This year, the floor of the roof is a commission by Imran Qureshi. In theory, it is really cool. The roof of the met is quite large and the mural extends across most of it. In actuality, it looks like you’re stepping into a blood bath. I found myself wanting to get a mop and bucket and rinse off this gigantic stain.
Imran Qureshi on the Roof featuring my shadow.
The good thing is that it’s always a treat to head up to the roof of the Met because you get to see really amazing views of Manhattan and on a gorgeous day, it’s even better. But like the Punk exhibit, which is showing a few floors below, you should definitely not move heaven and earth to see either.
This commission runs through November 3, 2013 and can be seen permitting on the weather.
Photos by G. Various Artists.
PUNK: Chaos to Couture at The Met from May 9 – August 14, 2013
There are good things and bad things about the much hyped “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” exhibit at The Met in New York. The good things first. It’s nice to see punk style finally getting its due in a museum setting. So much of DIY (do it yourself) culture has been assimilated into the mainstream, this exhibit finally legitimizes punkers into the world of the art elite. Like the 2011 “Savage Beauty” by Alexander McQueen exhibit, “Punk” is laid out beautifully with mannequins lining the sides and middle of each room with one cool design after another. The exhibit has many vintage punk outfits designed by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren and some beautiful punk inspired couture from McQueen, Versace, Givenchy and many top designers of today.
High Fashion inspired by Punk
What is disappointing is that as New York was (and still is) such a mecca for the punk scene, you’d have thought there would be accompanying photos and videos to try and give the viewer a real taste of the punk scene. Instead, there is a “Disney-fied” recreation of the CBGB bathroom, which gets an A for effort but was in no way as disgusting and vile as the actual bathroom was. Not very punk! Also disappointing was the focus on couture instead of punk ephemera. Sure, it was great seeing a pair of destroyed jeans by a top designer but let’s face it, paying thousands of dollars for that look is anything but punk!
The Met Gala Ball took place recently and a who’s who of celebrities and rockers were in attendance. After seeing this exhibit in person, you realize that all those celebrity stylists should really be fired, immediately because clearly they have no clue about what punk is! The outfits they dressed their celebs in missed the mark so bad it’s not even funny. Madonna was about the only person who got it right. However, in some strange way, it’s fitting because the Punk exhibit misses the mark too. What could have been the definitive story of punk left me with a bad case of the blues.
If you are in the area, the exhibit is definitely worth a quick browse, but it’s not something you should go out of your way to see.
Postcards at the Punk Gift Shop. Not punk!
“Punk: Chaos To Couture” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York runs through August 14, 2013.
Photo by G.
Matt Berninger of The National
New York! Fuse the worlds of art and music on May 5, 2013 at PS1 as The National will be collaborating with Icelandic Artist Ragnar Kjartansson (whose 2010 exhibit was really cool – click link for pix) for a 6 hour performance which will feature The National singing their song “Sorrow” over and over for the duration of the performance which will not surprisingly be called “A Lot of Sorrow.” Interesting (even though Fischerspooner has done a similar installation), according 2 G. You can get tickets (which are only $15 plus service charges) at this link.