Spring's blockbuster museum shows
Modernist masterpieces, outrageous fashion and gamer-inspired videos dominate spring art.
Thu Feb 17 2011
Photograph: Courtesy of the MET
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"
Last year, fashion mavens mourned the suicide of Alexander McQueen, whose outr outfits burned up the runways. Now the Met's Costume Institute is bestowing the ultimate honor on the designer: a full retrospective of his 19 years as an haute couture innovator and maverick, one who looked to 19th-century Romanticism and the exaggerated silhouettes of the 1950s for inspiration. The show will include at least five of his seminal collections, from the first one he crafted right after graduating from school in 1992 to his final runway presentation, mounted in Paris just weeks after his death. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St (212-535-7710, metmuseum.org). May 4–July 31. Tue–Thu, Sun 9:30am–5:30pm; Fri, Sat 9:30am–9pm. Suggested donation $20, seniors $15, students $10, members and children under 12 free.