Fishnets, tarts and the art of the modern tease.
An art exhibition created by Alice Stribling and Jessica Whiteside, with special assistance from 111 Minna Gallery curator Gabe Scott, and Associate curator Jay Howell.
Sponsored by Dollhouse Bettie Vintage and Pinup Lingerie and Sailor Jerry Rum
The pinup girl holds a titillating place in history. She and her sister, the burlesque queen, have long been American icons, evolving with the changing tastes of popular culture.
The Gibson Girl of the Gay Nineties may have been fully clothed, but her poses in popular magazines were racy by the standards of the day. She became a superstar whose name is known even today. The Vargas Girl peeking over her shoulder in magazines of the Forties may have worn fewer clothes, but her popularity was perhaps greater than the Gibson Girl. Vargas Girls graced calendars in gas stations and on barrack walls. She flew hundreds of WWI missions on the noses of fighters and bombers. In burlesque houses across the country, the pinup pose moved to the stage with tauntingly slow strip teases and ‘oops-what-happened-to-my-clothes' wardrobe malfunctions. The biopic about Fifties pinup star Bettie Page, released in 2006, highlights the current popularity of burlesque and pinup.
The spirit of pinup and burlesque continues to influence new artists. Lingerie clad ladies doing provocative burlesque bump-and-grind pinup poses inspired "Pin It up, Babycakes", an art exhibition created by Alice Stribling and Jessica Whiteside. The show will hang at 111 Minna Gallery from February 5 -28, 2009.
Stribling and Whiteside met in January of 2008, and were excited to find that both were pinup inspired artists. Both artists made the transition from admiring pinup to performing burlesque, and found themselves dancing in Bombshell Betty's burlesque class months later. Sometime between doing the hip bump and tassel twirl, the two discussed the idea of doing a show together. "Pin It up, Babycakes" is the result.
The work in the show ranges from sexily clad Samurai sword swinging chicks on hot rods, to charmingly naughty illustrations with a Victorian flourish. Shelves will be stocked with cheeky cowgirls on bowling pins, along with pinups ‘advertising' products like Catwoman's whipping cream, purrrfect on pie.
Opening night festivities will be MC'd by the fabulous Kitten on the Keys, and will include tantalizing burlesque performances. Vintage burlesque film clips hand crafted by Stephen Parr of Oddball Films Archive will be shown. And there will be Sexy Merchandise ... just in time to make you or your Valentine sweetie squeal with delight.