Graphic design by Fru★Fru (Rosana Galian + Paula Vilaplana)


Critical Halloween: Holes


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

9:30 pm – late


Museum of Sex

233 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY



#criticalhalloween     #holes     @storefrontnyc

Critical Halloween is a party, an intellectual debate, a costume competition, and a space for the expression of radical thought. The event brings people together through music, dance, and costume to engage in critical discussion in New York City.


Each year, Critical Halloween celebrates a feared ghost of art and architectural production. This year, we explore HOLES.


Holes appear to be made of nothing, and yet can be described by what takes place around, inside, and through them. In art and architecture, holes question our perceptions of matter and space, constructing, revealing, and inviting us to reflect upon what is real…and what is not. Scary.


We invite artists, architects, designers, poets, lawyers, and other holed beings to join us at the Museum of Sex explore the conceptual depths of HOLES through sartorial guise.


Critical Halloween is a space of reflection and action based upon the belief that critical ideas have a place within even the most seemingly carefree manifestations of our culture: the Halloween costume party.



Tickets are available at various levels: Individual, Critical Committee, and Critical Firm. See here for more information and to purchase. Ticket prices will increase at the door.


Costume Competition
Each individual or group will have a chance to take a portrait photograph that will enter their costume into the competition. An international jury of renowned voices will select the best HOLE costumes in the following categories:
Best Individual Costume
Best Duo/Couple Costume
Best Group Costume
Best Overall Costume
In addition, online voting will take place to determine the People’s Choice award.

Party Bibliography

Need some inspiration for your costume? Please check back for a list of publications and articles on HOLES.


“I dug a deep hole in the basement of 112 Greene Street. What I wanted to do I didn’t accomplish at all, which was digging deep enough so that a person could see the actual foundations, the ‘removed’ spaces under the foundation, and liberate the building’s enormous compressive, confining forces simply by making a hole.” -Gordon Matta Clark