The opening of Met’s spring 2019 exhibition
A look at the “Camp: Notes on Fashion”: the 2019 Met’s spring 2019 exhibition will open next May 9
This week all the eyes are on the opening of the new exhibit from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York, celebrated as usual with the long-awaited Met Gala that took place yesterday night. “Camp: Notes on Fashion”, this is the 2019 Met’s annual Costume Institute Benefit theme was inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, which examines how the elements of irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion. On view from May 9 through September 8, the exhibition explores the evolutions of camp aesthetics: «Camp’s disruptive nature and subversion of modern aesthetic values has often been trivialized, but this exhibition will reveal that it has had a profound influence on both high art and popular culture,» said Max Hollein, Director of The Met. «By tracing its evolution and highlighting its defining elements, the show will embody the ironic sensibilities of this audacious style, challenge conventional understandings of beauty and taste, and establish the critical role that this important genre has played in the history of art and fashion.» The exhibition will feature approximately 250 objects, including womenswear and menswear, as well as sculptures, paintings, and drawings dating from the 17th century to the present. The show’s opening section will position Versailles as a “camp Eden” and address the concept of se camper—“to posture boldly”—in the royal courts of Louis XIV and Louis XV. It will then focus on the figure of the dandy as a “camp ideal” and trace camp’s origins to the queer subcultures of Europe and America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.