Brooklyn Museum Goes Wild!/photo by Steve MacDonald
Think all grand museum openings are civilized? Think again.
Last week the Brooklyn Museum opened “American High Style: Fashioning A National Collection.” Guests like Chloe Sevigny, designers Zac Posen and Diane Von Furstenberg, and artists like Rosson Crow, Rachel Feinstein, and John Currin, were offered knives to carve roasted meat laid out on tables and crackers to dig into hanging cheese heads. Truth be told, the cheese craniums stunk like hell!
As such began the carvnivores ball, after the cheese and champagne cocktail, a third floor with center tables of roasted pig, lamb, and whole carcasses of crisp cooked rabbit.
Then, revelers retreated to the first floor where trendy store Opening Ceremony hosted a circus-themed dance party. Girls cut cherry blossoms for guests, designers like Philip Crangi crafted mouse ears, Rodarte designed one of the tents, trannies dressed as Karl Lagerfeld, and Naomi Campbell doled out fashion advice; and a half-dozen buff guys stripped naked for girls willing to sit in chairs before them.
All of this made the central opening exhibit on the fourth floor — gowns by Norman Norell, Halston, and others — seemed pale in comparison. The memory rests with all naked body-builders (save G-strings) doing vulgar things on the ground floor. If you ask me, it’s the best testimony to wearing clothes that I’ve ever witnessed.