V Things—The Met’s Next Exhibit, Portraits by Richard Prince, and Americana in Houston

Now that award season has wrapped up and fashion month is winding down, one way to get a dose of culture is by visiting the world’s museums. And this spring, galleries and institutions across the globe have exhibitions to pique everyone’s curiosity. In New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art gears up to celebrate fashion—past, present, and future—with the Costume Institute’s latest exhibition, About Time: Fashion and Duration. Artist Richard Prince turns his lens to some very familiar figures with his latest series at the Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles, New Portraits. Focused on pop culture and a new digital reality, Prince’s inspired works present a modern day alternative to the classic image.

In Houston, Norman Rockwell is the subject of a major retrospective honing in on the artist’s wartime-era pieces providing inspiration and a realistic portrayal of American life. Paris celebrates the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude chronicling the duo’s projects from 1958 to 1964 and their iconic wrapping of the Pont-Neuf from 1975 to 1985. Examining the role of wrapping in textile design, the V&A takes a deep dive into the Kimono with a look at its evolution from Kyoto to the runways. Below, a roundup of all the happenings to keep you in the know and remember to share your discoveries using the hashtag #worldofVB and you may see it appear in an upcoming edition.


New York City

The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

This year’s Costume Institute exhibition, About Time: Fashion and Duration, celebrates fashion from the late nineteenth century to the present. Comprised of primarily black ensembles, the pieces on view explore the relationship between old and new and even comparisons between contemporaries. With the exhibition and gala sponsored by Louis Vuitton and chaired by Nicolas Ghesquière, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, and Anna Wintour, expect equally dazzling moments on May 4th’s red carpet. Opens May 7; for information, please visit




The origins of the Japanese garment have a rich history and the exhibition, Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, takes a deeper look at the garment and its significance beyond the east. Highlights include woodblock prints from the nineteenth century along with contemporary designs by Duro Olowu and Poiret. Opens February 29; for information, please visit


Los Angeles

Gagosian Gallery

The New York-based artist brings his astute lens to pop culture with a refreshing series of pieces appropriately titled, New Portraits. Challenging the conventional portrait for the digital age using Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter as reference points in this latest exhibition, Prince once again proves why he is a modern force in the art world. On view through March 21; for information, please visit



Museum of Fine Arts

If there’s one figure who best translated the American ideal it was artist Norman Rockwell. The iconic painter is the subject of a major retrospective which looks at his works created in wartime America in 1943. Depicting the four freedoms outlined by then President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Norman Rockwell: American Freedom celebrates and champions Rockwell’s ability to capture the mood and tone of the nation. On view through March 22; for information, please visit



Centre Pompidou

While the duo are best known for their orange ‘Gates’ takeover of Central Park in 2005 and the wrapped Reichstag in Berlin from 1995, it was their project in Paris that struck people with awe. Completed in 1985, Christo and Jeanne-Claude Paris! looks at the project from conception to completion along with the pair’s other projects in the city of lights. Opens March 18; for information,  please visit