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Bawdy Bodies: Satires of Unruly Women

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When:  Friday, Apr. 21st, 2017 Other Dates
Where:  CU Art Museum
Time:  This is an All Day Event
Cost:  Free
More Information:  Website

Raucous physical humor and over-the-top visual comedy are foregrounded in this exhibition of British caricatures and satires made in the late 1700s. Bawdy humor was frequently deployed in popular images to deprecate the political follies and social foibles of royals, politicians, entertainers and men and women of fashion. This form of humor was especially cutting when used to critique the behavior of accomplished women whose growing prominence and engagement in the public sphere elicited the criticism of commentators and drew the attention of graphic satirists. Featuring a selection of prints from Yale University’s Lewis Walpole Library, Bawdy Bodies offers a view into the manners of an era over two hundred years ago, revealing parallels between the eighteenth-century and today. 

Image Credit:

Thomas Rowlandson, British (1756 – 1827), The Poll, c. 1784, Impression I, etching with hand coloring, 11 ½ x 13 ¾ inches plate. Image courtesy of The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.

Friday, April 21st, 2017
This is an All Day Event

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CU Art Museum
1085 18th Street
Boulder, CO USA 80309

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Jeremy Blair
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Disciplines: Literature, Visual Art
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