Sunday, April 25, 2010


By Polly Guerin

What’s a creature of culture supposed to do when SCANDAL! and VIXEN headliners and Fashion draw crowds to their doors? Take a fast track all around the town and sleuth like a culture vulture. Here’s the scoop!!!
SCANDAL! Financial Crime, Chicanery and Corruption that Rocked America. So what’s new? The Museum of American Finance’s exhibit has it all locked up with William Duer’s role in the Crash of 1792 to Ponzi schemes, to Bernie Madoff and Enron scandals with artifacts ranging from historical newspapers and images to original documents of some of history’s most infamous white collar criminals. Reception open to the public 5-7pm Thursday, April 29. For reservations 212.908.4110 or
That Cunning Little Vixen
Lets you explore the rich culture of the Czech forest primeval in Janacek’s opera. With extraordinary inventiveness the composer transformed a daily Czech comic strip into a touching opera about tender relationships between humans and animals in a complete, uncut sung in English version. Bring your mother and receive $5 off the ticket price at the door. Fri., May 7 8pm at St. Ann and Holy Trinity, Brooklyn Heights and Sun. May 9 at Ansche Chesed Synagogue, Manhattan.
AMERICAN WOMAN: FASHIONING A NATIONAL IDENTITY Opening May 5 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art explores developing perceptions of the modern American woman from the 1890s to the 1940s. The exhibition reveals how the American woman initiated style revolutions that mirrored her social, political, and sexual emancipation plus a multi-media installation. The exhibit starts off with scenes of the great outdoors showcasing the athleticism and physical independence of the “Gibson Girl” 1890s while a mural of New York City illustrates the “”Flappers” 1920s style. Through Aug. 15.
ECO CHIC-Towards Sustainable Swedish Fashion, a related program opens May 5 at Scandinavia House, The Nordic Center in America, 58 Park Ave. (38th St). FREE Through Aug. 21. And the Robin Rice Gallery announces “Body Presenters,” an exhibition of photographs by Kim Reierson with body builders including Arnold Schwarzenegger pumping iron in the 70s. Opening reception May 5th, 5:30-8:30 pm.
Ta Ta darlings, Scandal!!! is tempting, but you’ll find me at the Met fashioning my identity. Fan mail to and Blogs: amazingartdecodivas, thefashionhistorian and awakenyoursleepingbeauty.

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