"If you want instead, when you're dead,
Some more public and more permanent expression
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.
For 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!
For 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.
Mistress of the House, Mistress of Heaven: Women in Ancient Egypt
RRose is a RRose is a RRose: Gender Performance in Photography
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