In line for McQueen

Museum circles are rejoicing this weekend, as two very popular exhibitions close: At the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass is on track to be the museum’s fifth most popular exhibit ever. Although we won’t know the final number until tomorrow, when it closes a day after originally planned, more than 360,000 people had seen the show as of Friday morning. So the final total could be on the order of 400,000.

In New York, Alexander McQueen mania is even more virulent. In horrible heat and humidity, people have been waiting four hours to get in to see Savage Beauty, as his costumes have been tagged. The Met has extended hours, and in a final flourish announced that it would stay open till midnight Saturday and today — something it has never tried before and a move I applaud.

The McQueen attendance last number I saw — it was unclear from the reports exacty when this was taken — was 650,000, the highest ever for a Costume Institute exhibition and, probably, the eighth most popular exhibit ever. It’s touch-and-go whether its attendance will move into the No. 7 slot, edging out last year’s Picasso exhibition, which drew 703,256 visitors.


Judith H. Dobrzynski
Real Clear Arts