Costume Institute’s Spring 2017 Exhibition at The Met to Focus on Rei Kawakubo and the Art of the In-Between

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that The Costume Institute’s spring 2017 exhibition will be Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, on view from May 4 through September 4, 2017 (preceded on May 1 by The Costume Institute Benefit). Presented in the Museum’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall on the second floor, the exhibition will examine Kawakubo’s fascination with interstitiality, or the space between boundaries. Existing within and between entities—self/other, object/subject, fashion/anti-fashion—Kawakubo’s work challenges conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and, ultimately, fashionability. Not a traditional retrospective, the thematic exhibition will be The Costume Institute’s first monographic show on a living designer since the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition in 1983.

The Theater of Disappearance: Exhibition Overview

Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas has transformed the Cantor Roof with an intricate site-specific installation that uses the Museum itself as its raw material. Featuring detailed replicas of nearly 100 objects from The Met collection, The Theater of Disappearance encompasses thousands of years of artistic production over several continents and cultures, and fuses them with facsimiles of contemporary human figures as well as furniture, animals, cutlery, and food. Each object—whether a 1,000-year-old decorative plate or a human hand—is rendered in the same black or white material and coated in a thin layer of dust.

Summer Recital Series

The Met’s popular concert series in New York City parks in all five boroughs kicks off on Monday, June 12, at SummerStage in Central Park, with an evening of arias and duets from a variety of operas. The first two recitals feature soprano Susanna Phillips—a Met favorite who recently appeared in the exciting new production of L’Amour de Loin—alongside star tenor Stephen Costello and enchanting mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong. The four subsequent recitals showcase three rising young artists—soprano So Young Park, tenor Petr Nekoranec, and baritone Hyung Yun. Dan Saunders will be at the piano to accompany each performance. Recitals are free.

Summer HD Festival

From August 25 through Labor Day, the Summer HD Festival returns to Lincoln Center Plaza. For more information, please check back later this summer.

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