Death Becomes Her @ The MET

Death Becomes Her @ The MET

Worth a visit to the Metropolitan Museum, the exhibition – www.metmuseum.org/deathbecomesher – explores the aesthetic development and cultural implications of mourning fashions of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Approximately 30 ensembles, many of which are being exhibited for the first time, reveal the impact of high-fashion standards on the dictates of bereavement rituals as they evolved over a century.  

The exhibition is organized chronologically and features mourning dress from 1815 to 1915, primarily from The Costume Institute’s collection. The calendar of bereavement’s evolution and cultural implications are illuminated through women’s clothing and accessories – some fabulous shawls and jewelry – showing the progression of appropriate fabrics from mourning crape/crepe to corded silks, and the later introduction of color with shades of gray and mauve. 
On view now at the MET through to February 1, 2015.
PUNK: Chaos to Couture at the MET

PUNK: Chaos to Couture at the MET

This summer The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art are presenting PUNK: Chaos to Couture. The exhibition will examine punk’s impact on high fashion from the movement’s birth in the 1970s through its continuing influence today.

“Punk’s signature mixing of references was fueled by artistic developments such as Dada and postmodernism,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, “so it makes sense to present this exhibition in a museum that also shows the broader output of those movements. Indeed, that dialogue between art and fashion is what makes The Costume Institute so singular. Projects like this don’t happen without sponsorship, and we greatly appreciate the generosity of Moda Operandi, and its co-founders Aslaug Magnusdottir and Lauren Santo Domingo.”
“Since its origins, punk has had an incendiary influence on fashion,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in The Costume Institute. “Although punk’s democracy stands in opposition to fashion’s autocracy, designers continue to appropriate punk’s aesthetic vocabulary to capture its youthful rebelliousness and aggressive forcefulness.”
Exhibition Overview
The exhibition, in the Museum’s second-floor Cantor galleries, will feature approximately 100 designs for men and women. Original punk garments from the mid-1970s will be juxtaposed with recent, directional fashion to illustrate how haute couture and ready-to-wear have borrowed punk’s visual symbols, with paillettes being replaced with safety pins, feathers with razor blades, and bugle beads with studs. Focusing on the relationship between the punk concept of ‘do-it-yourself’ and the couture concept of ‘made-to-measure,’ the exhibition will be organized around the materials, techniques, and embellishments associated with the anti-establishment style. Presented as an immersive multimedia, multisensory experience, the clothes will be animated with period music videos and soundscaping audio techniques.
MET, 1000 5th Avuenue (at 82nd Street) NYC, NY 10028
Exhibition location: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall
On view from May 9 through August 14, 2013.

MET Museum American Wing Ready to Open

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s American Wing reopens January 16 after a major four year renovation
that included an overhaul of the way it displays its vast collection of
home-grown masterpieces.  
The third, and final, phase of a $100
million overhaul of the American Wing completed 26 galleries and created
a chronological installation of the American paintings and sculpture.
The
new galleries, comprising 30,000 square feet, celebrate Colonial
portraiture, the young Republic and the Civil War Era. The Hudson River
School, the West and American Impressionism also get their due.
But
the splashiest installation is of one of the most iconic images of the
American history — Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s “Washington Crossing the
Delaware.”
George Washington Crossing the Delaware
Prisoners from the Front, Winslow Homer

Annual Christmas Tree At The Met

Annual Christmas Tree And Neapolitan Baroque Crèche At The Met

Saturday December 17,2011 – Sunday January 08,2012

1000 Fifth Avenue
Learn about the history of Christmas with the Met’s nearly 40 year old tradition of displaying its beautiful Christmas tree and nativity scene. Silk-robed angels and lifelike attendants adorn the eighteenth-century Neapolitan nativity the scene and the magnificent candlelit tree. Lighting ceremonies and recorded music add to the festive display.
This is a fabulous thing to see and immediately gets you in the holiday spirit….just watch the guards who won’t let you take pictures… Scrooges.

Free Admission to NYC Museums This Weekend

I’ve posted about this program before so this is just a reminder that the first weekend of the month is coming up – time to participate in Bank of America’s Museums on Us®.  In New York City, Bank of America card holders will have access to 8 venues FREE
The participating museums are:
Holiday scheduled will be in effect this weekend. Please check individual museum websites before planning your visit.
International Center of Photography

NY Hall of Science
Bronx Zoo
El Musio del Bario