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.
Photography of the American Civil War

Photography of the American Civil War

More than two hundred of the finest and most poignant photographs of the American Civil War have been brought together for this landmark exhibition. Through examples drawn from the Metropolitan’s celebrated holdings of this material, complemented by important loans from public and private collections, the exhibition will examine the evolving role of the camera during the nation’s bloodiest war. The “War between the States” was the great test of the young Republic’s commitment to its founding precepts; it was also a watershed in photographic history. The camera recorded from beginning to end the heartbreaking narrative of the epic four-year war (1861–1865) in which 750,000 lives were lost. This traveling exhibition will explore, through photography, the full pathos of the brutal conflict that, after 150 years, still looms large in the American public’s imagination.
Now through to April 2.
Metropolitan Museum
Fifth Avenue at 84th Street
New York, NY

EDO POP: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints

EDO POP: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints

On exhibit now at the Japan Society, Edo Pop – The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints.
 Edo Pop playfully juxtaposes classic ukiyo-e prints from masters like Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige with contemporary works inspired by these artists and their works. Delve into worlds created by the power of Edo period and contemporary popular culture.

On May 12 the Japan Society is hosting a family-friendly printmaking workshop inspired by the works found in Edo Pop. Included is a discussion of selected works in the exhibition and an explanation of woodblock printmaking techniques. A printmaking workshop devoted to a variety of techniques follows, with time for show-and-tell with all participants.

Gallery Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 11 am-6 pm; Fri. 11 am-9 pm; Sat. & Sun. 11 am-5 pm; closed Mon. & major holidays. Docent-led walk-in tours are conducted Tues.-Sun. at 12:30 pm.
Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
New York, New York 10017

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Re-Opens

This is going to be a “must attend” for our family…
On Saturday, October 27, the American Museum of Natural History is re-opening one of its greatest treasures: the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial.

The recently restored two-story Memorial — which includes the iconic Central Park West façade, Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda, and Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall — serves as New York State’s official memorial to its 33rd Governor and the nation’s 26th President. The Hall includes a new exhibition charting Roosevelt’s journey from budding naturalist to an elected leader committed to conservation.

Long before he was President and placed some 230 million acres of land under federal protection, Roosevelt was a boy whose father helped to found this Museum. And Roosevelt’s ongoing relationship with Museum scientists, such as ornithologist Frank Chapman, helped seed the American conservation movement. The museum and wing have a wonderful collection thanks to the Roosevelt’s.

Read more: http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent-exhibitions/theodore-roosevelt-memorial

Celebrate and Create! Japan at the MET

Ponder the sights and sounds of nature—bugs, insects, flowers, water, and trees—in the exhibition Designing Nature: The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art. Join a gallery conversation, discover how a Japanese screen is made, and create your own Rinpa-inspired artwork. Materials are provided.

Teen Programs (Ages 11–18)
Saturday, October 20, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education.

Free, but registration is required.