RIPPED, an exhibition of three decades worth of authentic rock and punk T-shirts and memorabilia, will go on display beginning June 7, following a stint at the L.A. fashion school FIDM. "Those disgusted with the Met's ambitious punk rock failure," says curator Cesar Padilla (who also owns the Manhattan vintage store Cherry), "will be relieved to hear names like The Damned, Descendents, and MC5, among many others." Concert tee fanatics may recall that RIPPED is also a book with an introduction by punk legend Lydia Lunch, who'll read portions of the book at the exhibition launch, as will other contributors.
The exhibition is part of a larger program of shows called El Campo de Mañana, which also includes photographs by Bob Hower, sculptures by Radford Brown, and Destroy Fashion by Patrick Thompson. Following the opening reception on June 7, the Lydia Lunch-fronted RETROVIRUS project will perform. RETROVIRUS has been described as “a harrowing cross section of aural schizophrenia from No Wave skronk to bludgeoning Hard Rock and sleazy Jazz Noir to propulsive Psychedelia.”
The only catch to all of this is it's in Kentucky. So grab your Skoal and skankiest punk tee and head on down to Land of Tomorrow, 233 West Broadway, Louisville.
You know Agent, the recurring pixelated dude in the work of M/M (Paris)? Well, he's morphed into a dog-like creature in the graphic-design duo's latest exhibition, a show of specifically three-dimensional pieces.
C'est Wouf! comprises Mise-en-abîme (2011), a miniature catalogue raisonné of M/M's artifacts atop a replica of the table in their studio. Around this nucleus are works that have either never been shown or specially created for the exhibition.
Wouf, the pixelated canine who shares his name with the exhibition, can be spotted in Carpetalogue (2012), a group of four carpets incorporating M/M's various artistic languages: drawing, geometry, photography and writing.
C'est Wouf!, April 12 - May 18, 2013, Air de Paris, 32 rue Louise Weiss, 75013 Paris
If Lady Gaga has taught us anything, it's that monsters are nothing to be afraid of. In fact they're pretty cute and cuddly. Now they're gathering for one monster of an exhibition coming up in Paris. First shown at Benaki Museum in Athens, "ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion" is the first exhibit based on monster forms in fashion and costume design. A wide range of designers and labels are participating in the creature feature, from the luxury-minded Alexander McQueen and Rick Owens to the more pop-inspired Craig Green and Walter Van Beirendonck.
ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion, February 13 - April 7, 2013, La Gaîté Lyrique, 3 bis rue Papin, Paris
Shhh! Silencio, the culty Paris nightclub, is heading to Art Basel Miami. The brainchild of David Lynch and the home of many a fashion after-party will take up temporary residence at the Delano Hotel's FDR club.
This marks Silencio's third off-site event—or, as the French say, hors les murs. Previously, Silencio installed pop-up clubs during the Cannes Film Festival and Serpentine Gallery's annual Future Contemporaries Party during London Fashion Week.
As usual, Silencio Miami will present eclectic programming encompassing music, film, fashion, art, art, and more art. Plus, they promise bespoke cocktails!
Tue, Dec 4 - Sat, Dec 8, 2012
11 pm - 5 am daily
1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
He of Lady Gaga heelless-shoe fame, avant-cobbler Noritaka Tatehana will display a selection of his teetering new collection in his Tokyo atelier (#211 Palais Royal 5-4-6 Minami Aoyama Minato-ku Tokyo 1070062) from October 24 to 31. Another selection is already on display at Trading Museum Comme des Garçons (2F Gyre 5-10-1 Jingumae Shibuya-ku Tokyo 1500001) through October 31. At the latter, his geisha-ready leather hair pins are also on view.
The latest fashion-art crossover comes courtesy of Costume National. For one month beginning September 10, the Soho store will be transformed into a mini-gallery. Among works by Tobias Wong and Aaron Young for the NEW NO DARK WAVE group show curated by Natacha Polaert, French artist Daniel Firman has created another of his hiding mannequins. Titled Linda, she's dressed entirely in Costume National's fall collection, New Wave-No Wave-Dark Wave, and shielding herself from onlookers. Meanwhile, author Frédéric Beigbeder has created a short story written in a single straight line across the space.
If it's an unconventional art project, you know James Franco is involved. Here, he'll screen a short film in the changing rooms, appropriately enough for the his admirers. The first of them is 40 Minutes, an imagined recreation of the 40 minutes of presumably explicit footage that director William Friedkin was forced to cut from his 1980 cult classic Cruising to receive an R rating. The original version, with Al Pacino, portrays the gay leather scene of New York at the time.
Franco will also present a photo series, New Film Stills, which is another recreation, this time of Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Stills. "Cindy Sherman's groundbreaking series Untitled Film Stills showed us how we look at ourselves in film. These were performances within multiple fames of significance," says Franco. "But Sherman was an artist looking at the film industry from the outside. I have started on the inside. I earn my living in the commercial film business. This new series of film stills puts one more frame around the dialogue Sherman introduced."
NEW NO DARK WAVE, Sep 10 - Oct 10, Costume National, 150 Greene St, NYC
For Irene Im Wald (Irene in the Forest) at Journal Gallery in Williamsburg, Juergen Teller photographed the woods around his childhood home near Nuremberg, Germany. Only sometimes including figures, namely his mother Irene and other relatives, Teller detours from the signature cheekiness of his fashion imagery to capture the haunting magic of the German forest that has given rise to so many fairy tales. "Gebrüder Grimm, witches, the big bad wolf—the forest is one hell of a scary place," he says. "But even as a child I was drawn towards it. It was scary, but the beauty and the peacefulness of it all sucked me in."
Juergen Teller, Irene Im Wald, Sep 12 - Nov 4, 2012 (opening Sep 12, 6-9 pm), 168 North 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
A highly abbreviated, completely biased, by-invitation-only sampling of things to do during Fashion Week (aside from the shows)...
what: Proenza Schouler Store Launch
when: Wednesday, September 5, 6-8 pm
where: 822 Madison Avenue, NYC
what: Camilla Skovgaard Fashion Film Screening
when: Wednesday, September 5, 8-10 pm
where: The Hole, 312 Bowery, NYC
what: Curators Conference
when: Wednesday, September 5
where: Walter Read Theatre, 165 W. 65th Street, NYC
what: The Antonio Lopez Exhibit, Antonio's World, Opens
when: Friday, September 7
where: The Suzanne Geiss Company, 76 Grand Street, NYC
what: W Hosts a Screening of Diana Vreeland: The Eye Will Travel
when: Saturday, September 8
what: GoGo for Obama
when: Saturday, September 8, 10 pm
where: Eastern Bloc, 505 E. 6th Street
what: Opening Ceremony Ten-Year Party
when: Sunday, September 9
what: Y-3 Ten-Year Anniversary Party
when: Sunday, September 9, 10 pm - 2 am
where: St. John's Center, 330 West Street
what: Pucci Store Launch (& After-Party)
when: Monday, September 10, 6 pm (& 8:30)
what: Lady Gaga's FAME Premiere
when: Thursday, September 13
where: Guggenheim Museum
Antonio Lopez was many things: illustrator, photographer, lover of nightlife, discoverer of models and muses (Jerry Hall, Grace Jones), friend of Karl Lagerfeld (designer for Chloé at the time). But above all, he was an always-on recorder of the fashions and social swirls of the 1970s and 1980s, stamping publications from Vogue to the New York Times—not to mention campaigns for YSL and Valentino—with his exuberant, expressive strokes of form and lashes of color. By the time of his death nearly 25 years ago of AIDS complications, he had become (nearly) as famous and (definitely) as sought-after as those he rendered in ink, watercolor and Polaroids.
Along with a Rizzoli monograph due out in two weeks, Lopez is the subject of an exhibition at The Suzanne Geiss Company. Opening September 7, Antonio’s World will examine and celebrate three decades of his creative output, including unpublished drawings and photos, as well as various items culled from the Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, his partner and collaborator. Designers routinely cite Lopez, now a cultural touchstone of the era, as an inspiration for their collections; this show might shed light on why they keep coming back for more.
The Suzanne Geiss Company, 76 Grand Street, NYC