Photo by G. Art by Alexander McQueen.
Savage Beauty by Alexander McQueen. Now showing at The Met in New York
If you haven’t seen the “Savage Beauty” exhibit by Alexander McQueen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, you must! Due to high demand, the hours where the exhibit is on display have been extended.
Starting July 22, 2011, the Met will allow museum members in at 8:30 a.m., an hour before the show opens to the public. (Only the museum’s 81st Street entrance and 80th Street garage will be open for these viewings.) And from August 4th to the 7th the exhibition will remain open until 9:00 p.m.
Additional hours for the show will continue to be offered on Mondays, when the museum is generally closed to the public. Monday tickets, which cost $50, are available at the Met and on its website www.metmuseum.org.
The exhibit closes on August 7, 2011.
Photos by G. Art by Alexander McQueen.
"Savage Beauty" by Alexander McQueen. Now showing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York through July 31, 2011
“Savage Beauty” by Alexander McQueen is not just the name of a retrospective of the late fashion designer’s wearable works of art and Haute Couture. “Savage Beauty” is a perfect two word representation of the life of an extremely creative artist whose life was cut short when he committed suicide in February 2010. Here’s a few things you should expect when you go see “Savage Beauty” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York: you’ll most likely experience a minimum of an hour long wait to get inside the exhibit (which is beyond worth the time investment). You’ll also see 6 galleries (The Romantic Mind, Romantic Gothic and the Cabinet of Curiosities, Romantic Exoticism, Romantic Nationalism, Romantic Primitivism and Romantic Naturalism) filled with some of the most interesting and creative designs the fashion world has ever seen. It’s no wonder that celebrities and musicians alike (such as Madonna, Lady Gaga and Bjork) wore outfits designed by Alexander McQueen. The looks he created are unforgettable.
Not only are the fashions he designed mind-blowing (from outfits made out of feathers, horsehair, metal, glass, fresh and fabric flowers, wood, razor clam and muscle shells) but the presentation of his works is also incredible. Each room has a distinct (and equally spooky) vibe to it. Clips of past runway shows appear on video screens that are sometimes shown encapsulated inside a large mirror box, sometimes shown as a wall projection and even appear on the ceiling on a large flat screen TV. Sound effects of suffocation are ever present in each room as if to foreshadow McQueen’s death from asphyxiation. It’s both savage and beautiful.
The "Armadillo Shoe"
If you are not in the New York area, you can see a couple of video tours of this incredible exhibit on New York Magazine’s website or on the official website of The Met. “Savage Beauty” by Alexander McQueen runs until July 31, 2011 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (located at 1000 5th Avenue in New York) and should not be missed under any circumstance.
"I find beauty in the grotesque, like most artists. I have to force people to look at things." - Alexander McQueen
Photos by G. Art by Doug + Mike Starn.
Big Bambu by Doug and Mike Starn on the roof of the Met in New York now through October 31, 2010 (weather permitting).
The folks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York have done it again! Every summer, they feature a fantastic installation on the roof of the museum and year after year, it’s a site to behold. 2 years ago, they hosted Jeff Koons’ metallic balloon dog, last year was Roxy Paine’s “Maelstrom,” and this year Doug and Mike Starn’s “Big Bambu: You Can’t, You Don’t and You Won’t Stop” is on the roof at the Met. The identical twins from New Jersey have created a bamboo structure measuring 100 feet long, 50 feet wide and 50 feet tall! Over 5,000 pieces of bamboo combined with 50 miles of nylon rope have been constructed to make this really cool installation. If you take the tour of the museum, you can be taken by docent through this structure that has a spectacular view of Central Park as a backdrop! The roof is open all summer long, weather permitting, so don’t miss your chance to see a fortress that would even make an Ewok gasp!
See a couple more images of Big Bambu, after the jump.
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Photos by G. Art by Pablo Picasso.
If you are a fan of Picasso, you’ll want to head down to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York immediately to check out their exhibition of 300 rarely seen works by the late Spanish master. Nothing else needs to be said because either you love his works or not. I fall on the “love him” side. The exhibit runs from now until August 1, 2010.
See some more greatness from Picasso after the jump.
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At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, another one of their fantastic current exhibits is a retrospective of painter Francis Bacon. Don’t confuse the surrealistic painter Francis Bacon with the philosopher of the same name or The Worley Gig’s “Bacon Thing of The Day,” but make no mistake, all 3 are worth further investigation. Bacon would have been 100 this year had he not passed away in 1992 and this exhibit showed off a fantastic body of work. For those that might not be able to make it in person to see the exhibit, there is a film about his life that was released in 1998, called “Love Is The Devil,” and it stars a pre-James Bond Daniel Craig as Bacon’s lover. Sounds pretty steamy.
Francis Bacon Retrospective - Now Showing at the Met
"Champagne for my real friends,� real pain for my sham friends" - Francis Bacon
This set of champagne flutes and T-shirt with cool Francis Bacon quote is actually for sale in the gift shop.
Francis Bacon. Hold the Mayo.