Winter WonderlandGirl's Night OUT
"If you want instead, when you're dead,
Some more public and more permanent expression
Of Affection,
You want a painter, poet, sculptor, preferably:
Marble, Granite, Bronze. Durable."

- Stephen Sondheim, Sunday In The Park With George

March is Women's History Month, so it's only fitting that we celebrate the women in our community by looking at them - in museums, that is.

1For the oldest and most historic of these three exhibits, hop on the 2 or 3 train to the Brooklyn Museum of Art to see Mistress of the House, Mistress of Heaven: Women in Ancient Egypt. Ancient Egyptian society was very fair and equitable in its treatment of the female gender; women could own property, get divorced, be priests, rule the country, like the powerful Hatshepsut (1400 b.c.), and rule the universe like Ma'at, the regulator of all social order. This exhibit examines the daily lives of Egyptian women through their family roles, personal adornment, the afterlife, and, the most extraordinary part of the experience, through Egyptian goddesses. Check out Sesha (my personal goddess of writing and measurement), Isis (the protective mother and wife), and the mighty Hathor (goddess of sexuality and excitement) -- usually depicted with a cow's head!

2The Guggenheim Museum separates it's RRose is a RRose is a RRose: Gender Performance in Photography exhibit by historical period: the interwar years between WWI and WWII, and the post-war period after WWII to the present day. Gender bending was never more artful or provocative than in the hands of such masters as Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Annette Messager, and Nan Goldin. Brassaï's photographs of the 1930s lesbian bar scene are almost too personal to look at: dancing, arguments, seduction -- all in black and white. Marcel Duchamp's rendering of a penciled-in goatee on the Mona Lisa gives her a reason to smile. But most intriguing are Catherine Opie's framed women with obviously false facial hair (including the tattooed-out model Jenny Shimizu). Full of questions and answers for our community and beyond, this exhibit is a mirrorful of wonder and reflection.

3For the least historic, but most fun, check out Lusty Lesbians at A Different Bite Cafe. Eva Weiss (a contributor to the photo-essay book Butch/Femme) gives us voluptuous pastel-tinted women peering out through the pink-filtered light onto the patrons of A Different Light Bookstore's coffee bar. You'll find on these walls dyke performance artist Carmelita Tropicana, all gussied up and photographed demurely, as well as some more overtly "lusty lesbians" dressed in even less. It's always a thrill to sip espresso in the presence of a bared breast or three.

Where to Go:

Mistress of the House, Mistress of Heaven: Women in Ancient Egypt
Brooklyn Museum of Art
200 Eastern Pkwy (Washington), Brooklyn
now through May 18, 1997
Wed-Sun 10am-5pm
$4 adults, $2 students w/I.D.

RRose is a RRose is a RRose: Gender Performance in Photography
Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Ave (88th)
now through April 27, 1997
Sun-Wed 10am-6pm, Fri-Sat 'til 8pm
$8 adult, $5 student, members free

Lusty Lesbians
A Different Bite Cafe
151 W 19th St (7th)
now through March 31, 1997
Daily 10am-midnight

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