Walking through the Costume Institute's new "Punk: Chaos to Couture" show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, visitors are treated to two "facsimiles," one after another. The first is a faithful recreation of the bathroom at the New York punk venue CBGB, or at least faithful to its most gracious moments. The second, past a few dresses, is a recreation of Vivienne Westwood's London boutique, complete with a period cash register and a double rack of T-shirts.
With more than 100 galleries on the Lower East Side alone, downtown Manhattan has emerged as a serious alternative to the Chelsea art district. New spaces are also popping up in SoHo and Tribeca. Here are a few of the most interesting:
Patti Smith , best known as a rock musician, won the National Book Award for nonfiction last night for “Just Kids,” a memoir of her friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe published by Ecco Press.
Ian Schrager , the developer credited with inventing the boutique-hotel concept, considered buying Manhattan’s landmark Hotel Chelsea and decided against an offer after viewing the 127-year-old property last month.
Meltdown, one of London’s cooler festivals, raises the stakes with a stellar roster this year: Lou Reed and his other half Laurie Anderson are joined by Diamanda Galas, Marc Almond and Buffy Sainte-Marie.