Last Chance to See Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum Open ’til Midnight Sat & Sun
Savage Beauty, the exhibition on the life’s work of fashion designer Alexander McQueen at the Metropolitan Museum is the quintessence of a blockbuster show. Last week the Museum announced that during the fiscal year ending on June 30, 5.68 million people had visited the museum, which is the largest total in 40 years and a 400,000-person increase over last year’s attendance. The exhibition has welcomed more than 620,000 visitors since it opened on May 4. Due to its popularity the Museum has extended the exhibition by an extra week through Sunday, August 7. And for the final weekend, the exhibition will stay open until midnight, a first for the Museum.
“We have created these late hours to satisfy the unprecedented interest in this landmark retrospective,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Visitors from across the globe have come to see this remarkable exhibition, and we want to keep it open for as many people as possible. Indeed, these midnight hours will mark a fitting conclusion to this powerful exploration of McQueen’s work.”
To echo Judith Thurman in her review of this show in the New Yorker “Even if you never bother with fashion shows, go to this one.” Alexander McQueen’s brilliance, creativity, and mastery of his medium elevate fashion to fine art. Dresses are made out of pheasant feathers, razor-clam shells, fresh flowers, leather bodices, and balsa wood, with his inspiration ranging from the renaissance to a futuristic society reverted back to nature.
My background being in Fine Art, I couldn’t resist drawing comparisons in McQueen’s work to Nick Cave’s soundsuits and Leigh Bowery’s elaborate costumes. In addition to the magnificent survey of Alexander McQueen’s two decades of fashion, Savage Beauty has the most elaborate staging I have ever experienced in an exhibition. A great deal of thought and labor went into constructing environments to set the mood for the display of McQueen’s work. Don’t miss this opportunity to step into the world of the tortured genius that was Alexander McQueen.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through Sunday August 7th, 2011. The exhibition will remain open until midnight the final weekend. After 9 p.m. on Saturday, and after 5:30 p.m. on Sunday (the regular closing times for the entire Museum), visitors can enter the Met through its 81st Street and Fifth Avenue street-level entrance for a last chance to view the McQueen exhibition