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MAY HAPPENINGS

 

Our monthly round-up of openings, events, wild orgies, new releases, and—since you can’t go out every night—things on screens you can watch in bed.

 

ART

NEW YORK

1. “Camp: Notes on Fashion”, the Costume Institute’s spring 2019 exhibition, opens to the public on May 9 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Its accompanying party, the Met Gala—New York’s equivalent of the Oscars—is this Monday, May 6th. The theme guarantees extra extra outfits on the red carpet, and this year’s hosts, Harry Styles, Lady Gaga, and Serena Williams, will surely come to play. Camp, according to Susan Sontag “is the love of the exaggerated, the ‘off,’ of things-being-what-they-are-not…. Camp is a woman walking around in a dress made of three million feathers.”

In case your invitation got lost in the mail, rest assured that all websites everywhere will start showcasing the red-carpet highs and lows on Monday night.

Up top: Ciara, Rita Ora, and Kim Kardashian at Met Galas past with hair by our co-founder César DeLeön Ramirêz.

2. Marry your visit to the Met’s Costume Institute with a trip to the museum’s roof garden, where Polish artist Alicja Kwade’s stone and steel sculptures evoke miniature solar systems. On view now through October 27.

LOS ANGELES

3. “Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite,” is the first-ever major exhibition dedicated to Brathwaite, a photographer who coined the term “Black is Beautiful” and whose work challenged mainstream beauty standards that excluded women of color. His photographs are on view through September 1 at the Skirball Cultural Center. The exhibition’s monograph is out this month.

HOBART, TASMANIA

4. “Eat The Problem”, a newly-opened exhibition at Mona—a hard-to-reach museum owned by a professional gambler—is the brainchild of American artist Kirsha Kaechele, who happens to be the gambler’s wife. The multimedia exhibiton revolves around the world’s largest glockenspiel and features installations and performances by Los Angeles-based artist Elena Stonaker as well as spiritual health treatments you can book in advance. The glockenspiel has been tuned to 432 Hz, the frequency of the Earth. On view through September 2.

FESTIVALS

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND

5. An annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, AND debate, the Brighton Festival kicks off this weekend and runs through May 26. This year’s Guest Director is Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist Rokia Traoré.

NEW ORLEANS

6. The famed New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival ends this weekend. Tickets are still available.

MUSIC 

7. Two albums we’re looking forward to both drop on May 10: Jamila Woods’ “LEGACY!LEGACY!” and Ciara’s “Beauty Marks”.

NOW STREAMING

8. “Pose,” Ryan Murphy’s FX drama about New York’s underground ball culture, is back for a second season in June. Catch up on Season 1 starting May 10, when it’s available to stream on Netflix.

Up top: “Pose” star Angelica Ross in a Wildform ponytail.

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