Too far gone and too sorely missed are the days when one could cite “dandy” as a profession. And few were more committed to an ideology that cast life itself as the work of art than Quentin Crisp. The British writer and raconteur was born on Christmas Day, 1908, and wasted little time before making a flippant stand against London’s more conservative sects with his women’s clothes, makeup, painted nails, and hair dyed hues that don’t usually occur in nature. Later in life, he gained fame across the pond with defiant autobiographies like The Naked Civil Servant and How to Become a Virgin, as well as a trademark one-man stage show propelled by his lightning-fast wit. Tonight, the Museum of Arts and Design continues its three-month-long screening series of footage from Crisp’s estate, including live video-recordings of his performances, interviews, and TV appearances. We’ll tip our hat—at a rakish angle—to that.
Mondays-Sundays, 6 p.m. Starts: June 28. Continues through Sept. 6, 2013
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