Make sure you get to the Leslie-Lohman Museum by Sep 28, so you can catch Permanency: Selections from the Permanent Collection. Highlights include photos by Peter Hujar, pictures by Berenice Abbott, a lesbian photographer who apprenticed for Man Ray, and a sketchbook of Larry Stanton’s, an artist who chronicled life in New York City prior to AIDS. The exhibit also includes work by James Bidgood, Deborah Bright, Martin Burgoyne, the activist collective Dyke Action Machine, Nan Goldin, Red Grooms, Robert Indiana, Christopher Makos, Leah Michaelson, Annie Sprinkle and more.
Lingerie is typically hidden from public view, which is a shame considering how beautiful it is. With Exposed: A History of Lingerie, the Museum at FIT is putting the spotlight on our most intimate apparel. From a sleeved corset dating back to 1770, to the 1960s preference for the “no-bra” bra to a modern-day bra-and-panty combo created by Gwen Stefani, this exhibit pretty much covers it all as it uncovers the fascinating history of lingerie. View over 70 intricately designed and historically significant pieces—many of which have never been seen before—from the museum’s own permanent collection. Catch it now thru Nov 15.
The Brooklyn Museum is also focusing on an article of apparel that makes us feel sexy—the high-heeled shoe. At Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, you can see more than 160 beautiful high heels—everything from kinky stilettos to wedges to platforms—on display by designers such as Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Christian Louboutin and so much more. In addition, view several short films inspired by the high-heeled shoe from filmmakers like Marilyn Minter, Zach Gold, Nick Knight and Reza Farkhondeh. It’s on now thru Feb 15.
From Sep 26-28, Dumbo holds its annual Arts Festival on Main Street by the waterfront. Over 400 artists participate, showcasing a variety of disciplines including visual art installations, murals, digital art projections, poetry, dance and more. This free public event was created to celebrate Brooklyn’s commitment to its arts community with a magnificent canvas as its backdrop: the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.
Casey Legler became widely known last year for being the first female hired by Ford modeling agency to work specifically as a male model. Flash forward to this year, and see how her work during that time has become part of her art exhibition Everyone Gets a Piece. Using photography, video, sound and performance, Casey reveals herself as an artist who is both impersonator and viewer, and challenges social norms and gender stereotypes. Take a trip to OSMOS Address on the Lower East Side on Oct 10 to check it out.