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The World Erotic Art Museum (WEAM) is a local treasure. There is no better city to combine art and eroticism, and no better erotic art collection than what is housed in this obscure space nestled in the heart of South Beach on Washington Avenue. When visiting the WEAM, you may encounter 2,500-year-old Egyptian sex toys, 1,000-year-old erotic Asian tapestries, and art from almost every major movement up to today. That's not even including the murder weapon from A Clockwork Orange, in addition to Madonna, Betty Page, and Marilyn Monroe tributes. In celebration of Black History Month, the WEAM presents a month-long exhibit celebrating the life and work of Josephine Baker. According to art director David Tamargo, "Long before she was to become internationally famous via her provocative "Banana Dance" as the star of the "Folies Bergere," "La Baker," as she was soon to be known, had experienced a dismal childhood as she fought and resisted racial bigotry and segregation. It was in September 1915 when at 19 she left New York for France where she was soon to become fairly worshiped by international audiences. She later added to her extraordinary worldwide mystique as a fearless opponent of oppression who risked her life for the French Resistance during WW II. She stood beside Dr Martin Luther King while he gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech and was asked by Coretta Scott King to lead the American civil rights movement after his assassination. In the museum, we have on display correspondence letters between Baker and Dr. King noting the significance of their actions on the world fight against racism. "
Mondays-Sundays, 11 a.m. Starts: Feb. 2. Continues through Feb. 27, 2011


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