In Eleventh Hour Push, Met’s McQueen Retrospective Nears New Attendance Record

08/08/2011 8:59 AM |

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum

As we suspected it might, the Metropolitan Museum’s blockbuster exhibition of the late designer Alexander McQueen‘s designs passed Jeff Koons on the Rooftop on the museum’s list of all-time best-attended exhibitions, but it’s still too soon to tell whether it set a new record for day-to-day attendance.

Yesterday evening around 10pm, during the second and last of its twilight showings of the fashion retrospective, Met spokesperson Harold Holzer told In The Air that Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty had admitted its 658,000th visitor, passing Jeff Koons’ rooftop sculpture show, which 657,801 people visited in the summer of 2008. That makes McQueen the eighth most-visited exhibition in Met history in terms of total numbers, still behind last year’s Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition (703,256) and the whopping 1.36 million who saw Treasures of Tutankhamun in 1978-79.

But due to Savage Beauty‘s comparatively short four-month duration, it could still become the museum’s most visited exhibition on a visitors-per-week basis. At the time its passed Jeff Koons’ attendance record last night there were another two hours to see the McQueen show, and a huge queue snaking out into Central Park, like so.

The line for Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty stretched into Central Park.
  • The line for “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” stretched into Central Park.

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