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Fashion and Costume exhibits for every Clotheshorse IV.

Are you looking to expand your mind and visual costume vocabulary? Why not take a look at some of these amazing museum exhibits that 2017 has to offer!

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The Gal-lery: Edmonia Lewis.

Acknowledged as the first professional African American and Native American sculptor, Edmondia Lewis was a talented classical American artist and manipulator of marble. The fact that her life is bookended by hazy details at its beginning and end, only makes this gifted artisan an even more intriguing individual, to say the least.

Edmonia Lewis, c. 1870.
Edmonia Lewis, c. 1870.

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Gothic to Goth: A Review.

If you hadn’t noticed a theme in the type of museum exhibits that I like to frequent, other than costume and fashion shows in general, take a gander at Fashion Victims and Yesterday’s mourning. Thus, the Wadsworth Atheneum’s (located in Hartford, Connecticut) promising exhibit Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era’s Fashion and its Legacy was definitely on my list of must-see exhibitions.

Revenant #2
Revenant #2

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Customize or Randomize: Gender Issues in the Gaming World

Recently in the survival game, Rust, many players are frustrated by the randomized generation of gender and appearance for their characters. The gaming world has gotten fired up on many outlets like Reddit, and the website for Rust about this, and has many people angry.

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Character Makeover: Josie, Valerie and Melody, Part I.

Welcome to the third installment of my 1920s Josie and the Pussycats makeover series! If you’re interested, the overall synopsis of my endeavor can be found here. Previously, antagonist Alexandra’s flapper-inspired makeover was revealed last August, and the group’s dudes, manager Alexander’s and roadie Alan’s, duds were transformed in September. At long last, it’s Josie, Valerie, and Melody’s turn,  but I’m doing to do something a little different this time around.

Roadie Alan, antagonist Alexandra, kitty Sebastian and wannabe swell Alexander in their 1920's styles.
Roadie Alan, antagonist Alexandra, kitty Sebastian and wannabe swell Alexander in their 1920’s styles.

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The Gal-lery: Indigenous Artists and Art Resources.

While there are aspects that I patently dislike about the internet, it’s become an exceedingly useful initial research tool for me, whether I’m looking for something while I’m designing a show, writing an article or simply trying to fulfill my insatiable curiosity. If you’re an avid DG reader, by now you know one of my great loves is art–any kind of art– as it is a great humanizer. Most people like some incarnation of art, whether it be music, 2-D, 3-D, performance or writing.

Guard Turning Tourists Away, c 1940, by Pablita Velarde (Pueblo).
Guard Turning Tourists Away, c 1940, by Pablita Velarde (Pueblo).

During one of my web-based excursions, I learned that, in the US,  November is designated Native American Heritage Month (NAHM). Although my mind can’t help to lean in the direction of unfortunate irony as this particular month was selected with consideration to a certain holiday, I am at least glad for the information I gleaned as I tumbled down the digital rabbit hole on my search for Indigenous Artists.

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Just So Happens: A Review

Just So Happens by Fumio Obata surrenders to reflection as a Japanese Londoner travels back to Japan for her father’s funeral. Yumiko lives with the dichotomy of two communities; one into which she was born and one she made her home. Yumiko feels division with her background, her present, her own values and opinions as the family proceedings with the death ceremonies. Her returning home leads her to introspection on her decisions and identity. The realistic fiction analyzes family expectation and individual identity.

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The Gal-lery: Remedios Varo.

If I say, ‘Gimme the name of a Surrealist artist!’ what’s the first one that comes mind? I’d bet the majority of people would state Salvador Dalí! This week’s Gal-lery is going to introduce another Spanish-born Surrealist, however, by the name of Remedios Varo.

Remedios Varo, in repose.
Remedios Varo, in repose.

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Raising Dion by Dennis Liu

This week I am doing a discussion on a comic book that I had seen floating around on Twitter and Facebook feeds–and I am glad I downloaded it! It is called Raising Dion by Dennis Liu.

Right now you can get the first copy free at http://www.dennis-liu.com/ as a PDF, or purchase a paper copy.

This comic puts a different spin on the plot–raising a superhero. The first comic starts with some silly panels on raising Dion, the superhero child. He has a variety of powers that he grows in and out of, and he learns how to use them thinking in simple terms of childhood fun–making popcorn with his heat rays, going invisible to sneak around his mother, and floating cookies to his mouth.

Pag 3 of Raising Dion Issue 1 By Dennis Liu
Raising Dion, Issue 1, Page 3, written by Dennis Liu, illustrated by Jason Piperberg

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Mike Madrid’s Trinity

The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines

Mike Madrid writes in celebration of the female presences, origins, development, transformation, and transitions from the inception of comic books. All contributions by this vehement advocate are necessary for your collection. The heroines, villainesses, and any intrepid characters in the in-between he was exposed to as a child and beyond are related in this inclusive book. With a lifetime of love and passion, Madrid systematically and chronologically goes through the history of female characters in comics. These characters enthrall Mike Madrid, as he was continually beckoned back to the sequential narratives. With a fine tooth comb he describes, acknowledges, imparts, and analyzes the brazen, fighting, empowered females of modern mythos with an honest and respectful voice.
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