Sep 14, 2012

Upcoming Art Shows of Note

Arturo Vega photo booth snaps, 1974, courtesy of Arturo Vega

After finding out about the Times Square Show Revisited exhibit I mentioned last week, a couple of other noteworthy shows have come to my attention:

Come Closer: Art Around The Bowery 1969-1989 will be on at the New Museum will on from Sept. 19 through Jan. 6 of the new year. "Drawing upon the New Museum’s Bowery Artist Tribute archive and the online archive of Marc H. Miller,, this exhibition features original artwork, ephemera, and performance documentation by over fifteen artists who lived and worked on or near the Bowery in New York." 

Come Closer will feature works by artists including Barbara Ess, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Keith Haring, John Holmstrom, Curt Hoppe, Colette Lumiere, Marc H. Miller, Adrian Piper, Adam Purple, Dee Dee Ramone, Joey Ramone, Marcia Resnick, Bettie Ringma, Christy Rupp, Arleen Schloss, Charles Simonds, Eve Sonneman, Billy Sullivan, Paul Tschinkel, Anton van Dalen, Arturo Vega, and Martin Wong.

Also announced & of note (thanks Liz!), for the more fashion minded, but not opening until May of 2013, is Punk: Chaos to Couture which will be on at the Met as presented by the Met Costume Institute. 

According to NY Magazine, "Photographer Nick Knight will serve as a creative consultant and help devise the exhibit and gala's overall look. Designers whose works will be featured include Haider Ackermann, Miguel Adrover, Azzedine Ala├»a, Boudicca, Ann Demeulemeester, Dolce & Gabbana, Andrew Groves, Marc Jacobs, Rei Kawakubo, Alexander McQueen, Rodarte, and Alexander Wang. As usual, the exhibit will be divvied up into digestible sections, each focusing on specific aspects of the punk movement. According to the Met's press release:
Organized thematically, gallery sections will include Rebel Heroes, which will evoke the New York and London music scenes of the mid-1970s, focusing on iconic punk bands such as The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, and The Clash.  The Couturiers Situationists gallery will examine Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s visual codification of punk through the merging of social realism and artistic expression, featuring fashion and graphics they produced for their boutique at 430 King’s Road in London, including Let it Rock, SEX, and Seditionaries.
Pavilions of Anarchy and Elegance will juxtapose punk designs with haute couture creations, focusing on customization and hand craftsmanship.  Punk Couture will explore high fashion’s engagement with punk hardware such as studs, spikes, chains, zippers, padlocks, safety pins, and razor blades.  D.I.Y. Style will highlight the impact of punk’s bricolage ethos on high fashion, including the use of recycled materials from trash culture. La Mode Destroy will examine the effect of punk’s rip-it-to-shreds attitude via torn and shredded garments associated with deconstructionist fashions.
See a slideshow over at Women's Wear Daily.

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