Opening this evening in the dining room of the Woman's Club of Minneapolis is a fascinating and rather unsettling look at women's fashion from 1800 to 1945. A collaboration between clothing historian Dr. Colleen Gau and photographer Timothy G. Piotrowski, a 2011 Minnesota State Arts Board recipient, the project illustrates the changes in what body parts women have accentuated during different time periods. The photographs, made to look like archival prints, have a detached, almost scientific quality to them while Gau's descriptions provide an analytical explanation of the way in which women have objectified themselves over the years through different styles of clothing.
IF YOU GO:
Opening reception 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, January 23
The Woman's Club
Though March 2
Nonmember viewing hours: 9-11 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 2-5 p.m. Sundays
Call ahead on Saturdays to confirm the dining room is available for viewing at 612-813-5300.