Vestoj, the Paris-based journal covering “solely sartorial matters,” will host a storytelling salon at MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Ave., at 46th Ave., Long Island City; 718-784-2084) on Sunday, March 29, from noon to 6 p.m. Throughout each hour-long session of the salon, six fashion icons will each tell a ten-minute story centered around a specific garment: These include costume designer Patricia Field’s childhood cowgirl costume, bespoke menswear designer Dapper Dan’s coat for the gangster Alpo Martinez, and model Pat Cleveland’s glass-beaded Halston dress, which she wore to Studio 54 the night after it opened. The storytellers (rounded out by designer Mary McFadden, writer Glenn O’Brien, and editor Candy Pratts Price) will be installed in separate, specially designed spaces, many of which are rarely open to the public, and perform one at a time as audiences of about 25 move throughout the museum. “The point is to listen to all stories—only then will you grasp the full narrative,” says editor-in-chief and publisher of Vestoj Anja Aronowsky Cronberg. In the past, Vestoj has staged salons in Tokyo and Paris, presenting off-kilter productions such as a puppet show about John Galliano’s public-apology tour, and a staged launch party attended by performers wearing “wardrobe malfunctions” (skirts stuck in undergarments, price tags still attached to jeans, etc.). The MoMA salon will consist of four installments, at noon, 1, 4, and 5 p.m. General admission is $15. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Honoring Dan Kiley
In conjunction with Landscape Architecture Month, the traveling photographic exhibit “The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley” arrives at the Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Pl., nr. W. 3rd St.; 212-683-0023) on March 26, beginning with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. “The 100th anniversary of Kiley’s birth in 2012 came and went—nothing happened,” said president and founder of the Cultural Landscape Foundation Charles A. Birnbaum, “so [TCLF] decided to mount a tribute to Kiley.” This will be the exhibition’s first trip to New York, bringing with it 45 photographic landscapes by various photographers, including Kiley’s son, Aaron, that depict 27 of Kiley’s surviving designs. Citing Kiley’s past projects at Lincoln Center and Washington, D.C.’s Dulles Airport as casualties, the exhibit is particularly concerned with the disuse and underfunding of landscape design: On its website, the pages dedicated to Kiley’s public projects include graphics rating the sites’ condition and the degree to which Kiley’s role is acknowledged. (For example, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is “beginning to falter.”) The Center for Architecture’s regular viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and will be on view through June 20.
The Alpha Workshops, the nation’s only nonprofit organization providing HIV-positive creative professionals with training and employment in the decorative arts, will debut a newly constructed storefront on March 31 at the organization’s current headquarters (245 W. 29th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-594-7320). The storefront, sponsored by Best & Company, will feature the wares of the organization’s design atelier, which, for the past 20 years, has been staffed exclusively by the students and graduates of the Alpha Workshops Studio School who are living with HIV and aids. The atelier specializes in hand-painted wallpaper, lighting, tables, and custom artwork, and until now has only been available through select showrooms around New York. The store will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and by appointment until April 24. For more information on the Alpha Workshop, click here.