That Alice from Wonderland is one little strumpet. And we're not the first to say so. In fact, there's a long list literary, cinematic, and artistic voices out there that can give you a bunch of sexual interpretations of what falling down a rabbit-hole really means. And the latest, from famed photographer Justice Howard, is about the best way we can think of to wrestle away those Monday blues.
The World Erotic Museum on South Beach will be hosting a month long exhibit by Howard entitled "Alice in Thunderland." No fancy interpretations needed here. But the exhibit is only part of the fun. The museum is bringing out South Beach's big guns to kick off the show starting tonight. And by guns we mean more burlesque than you can shake a whip at and a naughty magic show. Read on for details.
The opening reception is from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight and is appropriately hosted by Joseph Ringleader,
founder of the Florida Vampire ball and Electrolust Fetish Parties. And
it won't only be the sexy pictures that you can ogle. There will be a
"Kitty! It's The Magic Show," with burlesque performances by Christina
BellaGata of Cabaret Vampyra.
As for the exhibit itself it will feature many of the photo subjects that
have brought Howard to international acclaim, with an emphasis on
vixens. Think back on your formative years, on the starlets that your
parents always tried to you keep you from watching (and doing other
things to), and chances are at least some of them will show up at the
exhibit, at least in the photos. Mamie Van Doren, Sybil Danning of The
Howling II and Amazon Women on the Moon, and punk rock's Exene Cervenka
are just some of the ladies that will be on display.
But, lest you think this is exploitation in the name of art, know that
Howard's work comes from her mantra - the empowerment of women. Sure,
she focuses on Playboy Playmates and Penthouse Pets but it's done with
an awareness that turns the tables on the objectifying lens.
The "Alice in Thunderland" opening reception takes place from 7 to 10
p.m. at the World Erotic Art Museum (1205 Washington Ave., Miami Beach).