When people speak of the decadence of the Roaring Twenties and Thirties, the first image that often comes to mind is that of the iconic flapper girl. Equally rooted in the past and yet revolutionary for their time, these were the women who reaped the benefits of their suffragette foremothers by rejecting their previous Victorian standards of beauty. This coming Thursday, Taft Museum Curator of Education Nancy Huth will explore clothing of women and men during these two decades, as seen in the fashion and celebrity photography of Edward Steichen in Taft’s exhibit, Star Power. Although Steichen’s model pool was much more glamorous than your average American, anyone who believes that the politicization of the female body is a recent development need only look to the flapper, who flouted social and sexual mores merely with her choice of clothing and hairstyle.
Huth speaks 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. Star Power exhibition is open 5-7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday through Jan. 27. Free to members and students, $10 public. 316 Pike St., Downtown. 513-241-0343, taftmuseum.org.