Thanks to the generosity of the Mellon Foundation, this program is complimentary. However, tickets are required.
American-style beauty contests complete with young women in tiaras, sashes, and swimsuits became big business in Japan in the 1950s. These pageants were used for multiple reason to promote products, attract tourists, and most interestingly, to accomplish diplomatic missions. These contests were also hailed as displays for women’s rights. Dr. Bardsley’s talk will focus on two women whose stories are emblematic of this post-war cultural phenomena.
ViewPoints are engaging programs by noted curators and scholars enhance your understanding and appreciation of The Ringling's permanent collection and special exhibitions. Thye are made possible in part through the generosity of the Lester E. Bessemer and Mary Tilley Bessemer Endowment and the Siemer Family Ringling Museum Education Endowment.