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Burlesque Performers Keep Strutting Through the Pandemic

FF2 Guest post by Megan Hennessey

When the pandemic first hit in 2020, many artists and performers had to rethink how they connected with their audiences. Burlesque was no different. Performers got creative. 

For readers who are new to burlesque, this art form (which dates back to the 17th century) often focuses on striptease performances that emphasize the “tease.”read more.

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Once Eclipsed, Sanora Babb’s Dust Bowl Novel Demands Our Attention

Guest Post by Iris Jamahl Dunkle

W.S. Merwin writes, “When you look back there is always the past / Even when it has vanished.” These lines always echo in my head whenever I discover the life of a woman whose life has been erased. Most recently, I’ve discovered the life of the writer Sanora Babb (1907 – 2005).  Babb was an unconventional woman who rose to the challenges life dealt her.… read more.

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Niki de Saint Phalle at MOMA: Structures for Life

FF2 Guest Post by Jessica Bond

The Women’s Liberation Movement of the late 1960s and 1970s defined a generation of women. It marked a time when women’s rights such as abortion and access to equal pay were at the forefront. During this time, women used literature and the arts to spread awareness of these issues.… read more.

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Charmian Kittredge London & the Call of Two Photographs

FF2 Guest Post by Iris Jamahl Dunkle

On a cool fall day in 1943, young photographers Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel visited Charmian Kittredge London–the wife of author Jack London–at her home in Glen Ellen (CA). This was just five years before Mieth would become the second woman photographer to join the staff of Time Magazine.… read more.

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Discover New-to-You Artists in Boston MFA’s Show ‘Women Take the Floor’

Guest Post by Megan Hennessey

A few weeks ago, when I stepped into the Women Take the Floor exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston, I was met with a question: Can you name five women artists?

I scrolled through my memory of street artists I follow, of photographers whose work I enjoyed. I only got to three.read more.

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Lorraine O’Grady’s ‘Both/And’ at the Brooklyn Museum

Guest Post by Jessica Bond

The binary of “either/or” can be seen in almost every facet of everyday life. Whether it is through the social construct of gender or the societal construction of race, the creation of the binary has often led to the idea of superiority, ultimately leading to concepts such as misogyny and racism that currently run rampant in today’s society.… read more.

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