Stories in PUNK

The Irony of Punk

Cheeky Swagger (a.k.a. Dan), TAG Member

Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013

430 King's Road Period Room

I learned from visiting PUNK: Chaos to Couture that punk was an ironic movement and that its irony has contributed to its staying power. When punk started in the mid-1970s, it was dealing with a social landscape that had lost sight of its goals. The hippies said they wanted a revolution, but changing the world is not a passive exercise. That's where the punks came in.

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Deconstructing Madame X

Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013

Artwork by Anna (left) and gallery view of PUNK: Chaos to Couture (right)

In my drawing at left, I wanted to create a visual response of sorts to what I saw in PUNK: Chaos to Couture, namely the D.I.Y.: Hardware gallery.

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Punk Undercover

Audrey, Former TAG Member and High School Intern

Posted: Monday, July 1, 2013

PUNK gallery view

Shhhh! The dresses in the D.I.Y.: Hardware gallery in PUNK: Chaos to Couture are punk undercover. In contrast to the more obviously punk shirts, pants, trash-bag dresses, and tie-dye ball gowns in the rest of the exhibition, these clothes are not necessarily meant to be punk. It is obvious, however, that they are indeed influenced by punk style.

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Redefining Garbage with Bricolage

Tiffany, TAG Member

Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013

PUNK gallery view

The punk aesthetic of the 1970s, its underground survival throughout the 1980s, and its high-fashion revival in the 1990s have profoundly shaped what it means to be a rebellious youth. To be punk means to express one's disillusionment with the status quo and to challenge it.

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Punk Meant Anything

Cheeky Swagger (a.k.a. Dan), TAG Member

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013

PUNK gallery view

When I walked into the Metropolitan Museum's PUNK: Chaos to Couture exhibition, I was not expecting big-name designers. Punk was supposedly a movement for nobody and nothing, wasn’t it? However, upon walking into the exhibition's catacomb of glorified dissension, replete with pieces from Galliano, Dolce and Gabbana, and Prada, I soon realized that the designer clothes on display are a testament to punk's power. I didn't used to associate names like Versace and Dior with crusty-shirted tribalism and deconstructionism, but punk has so changed the landscape for artistic expression that Givenchy and Johnny Rotten can now coexist happily in the same place.

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This blog, written by the Metropolitan Museum's Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and occasional guest authors, is a place for teens to talk about art at the Museum and related topics.