· "Art in the Streets" at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Although this exhibit, the first major U.S. museum survey of graffiti and street art, has only been open for a little more than a week, it's already generated a lot of controversy. Critics charge that the exhibition, which traces the development of graffiti and street art from the 1970s to the global movement it has become today, glorifies vandalism and is causing an increase in graffiti in the L.A. museum's Little Tokyo 'hood. We think it embraces an art form that's here to stay. The exhibit runs through August 8.
· "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The fashion world lost an important member when designer Alexander McQueen died last year. But McQueen's boundary-pushing vision will live on in this new exhibit, which runs May 4 to July 31. It was hard to wrangle pieces for the exhibit, but the curator managed to secure about 100 ensembles, including such signature designs as the bumster trouser and the kimono jacket, and 70 accessories. We're hoping it'll include a pair of his famous "Armadillo" shoes worn by Lady Gaga.
· "David Bowie: Artist" at the Museum of Arts and Design
Die-hard David Bowie fans should make this exhibit, which runs May 9 to July 15, a priority. The New York museum will offer a retrospective that looks at Bowie's career as a performance artist, from his roots in cabaret, mime and avant-garde theater, to "Ziggy Stardust," his revolutionary tour that combined theater, music and contemporary art into a rock spectacle. The exhibit, which will include a cinema series and interactive kiosks, will also examine Bowie's video collaborations and his work in film and theater.