Two new exhibitions opened in mid-May on the museum’s sixth floor, Modern Meals: Remaking American Foods from Farm to Kitchen and Women in Motion: Fitness, Sport, and the Female Figure. Both exhibitions, on view through August 18, were guest-curated by FIU professors and both encourage us to consider familiar subjects in new and often surprising ways.
Women in Motion
In this exhibition, “You’ll see the multiple ways in which women’s bodies are displayed and used—some are very subtle and some are obvious,” explains guest co-curator Dionne Stephens, assistant professor of psychology at FIU. She worked with Laurie Shrage, professor of philosophy and women’s studies, to explore representations of women engaged in athletic activities in materials such as posters, magazines, prints, books, video, and ceramics from the United States and Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. The images were generated by a range of sources, including governments, fitness advocates, advertisers, and artists.