Women in Motion: Fitness, Sport, and the Female Figure
Women in Motion focuses on increased participation for women in sports and other kinds of physical activity in the early 20th century, as strides were made towards political, economic, and social equality in the United States and Europe. Artwork, advertisements, magazine covers, and political propaganda at the time celebrated the athletic and healthy woman as a source of sex appeal, a basis of national vigor, and—sometimes—as a figure of individual self-fulfillment. Drawn from the collection of The Wolfsonian, Women in Motion invites viewers to consider the messages about femininity conveyed by these images.
Women in Motion is organized by The Wolfsonian–Florida International University and guest-curated by Laurie Shrage (FIU, Department of Philosophy and Women’s Studies Center) and Dionne Stephens (FIU, Department of Psychology). The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supported the development of the exhibition.
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