|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Wednesday, June 29, 2016
|Lady Gaga's meat dress to be shown at the National Museum of Women in the Arts|
In this photo taken June 14, 2011,the dress made of meat worn by Lady Gaga at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards is shown in the vault of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to be shown in the Women Who Rock exhibit in Cleveland, Ohio. The dress has made its way to Washington, along with Loretta Lynn's song about The Pill and other relics from music history. Lady Gaga's dress from the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards is being displayed at the National Museum of Women in the Arts with an explanation of her political message. AP Photo/Mark Duncan, file.
By: Brett Zongker, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP).- Lady Gaga's famous meat dress has made its way to the nation's capital, along with Loretta Lynn's song about "The Pill" and other relics from music history.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland is opening a national tour for an exhibit about pioneering women in rock 'n' roll, tracing the evolution of women artists and their impact on music. It opens Friday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Curator Meredith Rutledge-Borger told The Associated Press the exhibit, "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" is inherently political, in part, as it highlights many "first ladies of rock" who have spoken loud and clear on women's rights, gay rights and other issues through their music.
"This really is the center of our political life," Rutledge-Borger said during the Washington opening. "Bringing this exhibit here kind of redefines what's important in our history and political life ... at a time when there's talk of women being under attack in politics."
More than 250 artifacts represent 70 women who were "engines of change and creativity," she said, each helping to redefine who could make rock 'n' roll. It features items from Cher, the B-52s, Donna Summer, Stevie Nicks, Cyndi Lauper and Madonna's provocative outfit from her "Blonde Ambition" tour. Other items date back to jazz singer Billie Holiday, first blues recording artists Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey and country music trailblazer Mother Maybelle Carter.
Lynn's country song, "The Pill," was considered so controversial in 1975 that her record label delayed its release for three years. Lynn later recounted that doctors told her the tune was pivotal in rural acceptance of birth control.
"We really wanted to make sure this wasn't just a fashion show," Rutledge-Borger said. "We wanted to showcase these artists as musicians."
For the National Museum of Women in the Arts, it's the first exhibit to feature women performing artists, said chief curator Kathryn Wat.
Gaga's dress from the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards now dried, preserved and painted to restore its original raw meat color is being shown in its political context.
When Gaga wore the dress, she was accompanied by U.S. soldiers impacted by the "don't ask, don't tell" policy to protest the ban on gays serving openly in the military. She explained that if people don't stand up for their rights, "pretty soon we're going to have as much rights as the meat on our own bones. And, I am not a piece of meat."
Beyond the dress's shock value, Gaga's push for inclusion of gays or anyone else who is different helped cement her place as a pioneer, said Rutledge-Borger.
"If you dig a little deeper, there's this important message of inclusion and family," she said. "That to me is really why she's so powerful."
The museum also is featuring Gaga's outfit from the 2010 Grammy Awards, where "Poker Face" won for best dance recording, and her childhood piano. She began taking lessons when she was 4.
"Women Who Rock" will remain on view in Washington through Jan. 6. Then it will travel to the Durham Museum in Omaha, Neb., the EMP Museum in Seattle and the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
September 7, 2012
Sotheby's at Chatsworth, features, for the first time, the work of a single artist, Barry Flanagan
Sweden's Nationalmuseum announces acquisition of a painting by artist Jan Lievens
Bruce Silverstein Gallery reunites seven artists to re-examine crucial moment in the history of American art
Forty Lots of James Bond memorabilia to be offered at an online-only auction without reserve
Concatenation. Signature, Seriality, Painting, a group show opens at Blain/Southern in London
Free app coincides with the opening of British artist Tony Cragg's exhibition in London
Exhibition of rare vintage Russian photographs opens at Nailya Alexander Gallery
Magician David Copperfield buys newly discovered 1960 Martin Luther King recording
Phillips de Pury & Co. announces highlights from its forthcoming Design & Nordic Design Auctions
Dmitri Plavinsky, 76, leading artist of Nonconformist Soviet and Contemporary Russian art, dies
Lu Zhengyuan presents a clever twist on the concepts of real and fake at Eli Klein Fine Art
Analia Saban's first solo exhibition in New York opens at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
National Portrait Gallery announces Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 shortlist
Bonhams Hong Kong offers stunning gems from jeweller to the stars Van Cleef & Arpels
Bonhams appoint Catherine Yaiche as its representative in France
Exhibition at Generali Foundation examines the gesture or method of "counter-production"
University of Virginia's Fralin Museum of Art photography exhibit makes science visible
Lady Gaga's meat dress to be shown at the National Museum of Women in the Arts
Martha Jackson Jarvis: Ancestors' Bones on view at the University Museums, University of Delaware
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Newly discovered Van Gogh sketchbook to be published
2.- Portraits of the Duchess of Cambridge from British Vogue centenary issue acquired by National Portrait Gallery
3.- Foam presents spectacular exhibition of work by Helmut Newton
4.- After 30 years "hidden in plain sight," still life painting is identified as a Gauguin; artwork is highlight of sale
5.- Smithsonian releases Learning Lab for everyone to use museum resources
6.- Angst and deep pockets show state of art market in 47th edition of Art Basel
7.- Christo exhibition falls victim to own success
8.- Sotheby's London Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale totals $151.9 million
9.- The National Gallery explores great paintings from a unique perspective
10.- Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum explores Caravaggio and the painters of the north
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.