RIPPED, an exhibition of three decades worth of authentic rock and punk T-shirts and memorabilia, will go on display beginning June 7, following a stint at the L.A. fashion school FIDM. “Those disgusted with the Met’s ambitious punk rock failure,” says curator Cesar Padilla (who also owns the Manhattan vintage store Cherry), “will be relieved to hear names like The Damned, Descendents, and MC5, among many others.” Concert tee fanatics may recall that RIPPED is also a book with an introduction by punk legend Lydia Lunch, who’ll read portions of the book at the exhibition launch, as will other contributors.
The exhibition is part of a larger program of shows called El Campo de Mañana, which also includes photographs by Bob Hower, sculptures by Radford Brown, and Destroy Fashion by Patrick Thompson. Following the opening reception on June 7, the Lydia Lunch-fronted RETROVIRUS project will perform. RETROVIRUS has been described as “a harrowing cross section of aural schizophrenia from No Wave skronk to bludgeoning Hard Rock and sleazy Jazz Noir to propulsive Psychedelia.”
The only catch to all of this is it’s in Kentucky. So grab your Skoal and skankiest punk tee and head on down to Land of Tomorrow, 233 West Broadway, Louisville.