They Call Me Baby Doll: 100 Years of Tradition

Friday, January 18, 2013 -
6:00pm to 10:00pm
Louisiana State Museum's Presbytere
751 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
“Baby Dolls: Living History and Tradition” tells the untold story of one of the first women’s street masking practices in the United States. For a century Black working class women have used the public street to make themselves visible in a city and nation that conspired to minimize their very humanity. Using “Baby Doll” costuming and appropriating masculine behaviors such as smoking cigars and the flagrant display of money, Baby Dolls used New Orleans song and dance traditions on Mardi Gras to rebel against social norms and to celebrate and promote their fierce spirit independence. World Premier Exhibit Opening 6 p.m. Book Signing "Baby Dolls: Living History and Tradition" 7 p.m. Panel Discussion 8 - 10 p.m. Exhibit Party with DJ Hectic Admission Free for all events, cash bar. Books Available for purchase at the event, if you wish to purchase books ahead of time or for more information please contact the FOC Office at (504) 523-3939

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