Random Fun Wednesday – Hats and Art!

Woo for mid-week! Since it’s still cold in places, and I obvs have a particular affinity, the first fab topic is hats! There are SO MANY options if you’re looking for a cute way to keep all that heat in your head this winter!

Bold color combinations aren't for the faint of heart, but I adore this bright look! You'll look even more glam against the grey/white backdrop of a winterized cityscape!

Bold color combinations aren’t for the faint of heart, but I adore this bright look! You’ll be even more glam against the grey/white backdrop of a winterized cityscape!

This chick is rockin' the military hat, and making a fab splash with the vintage-inspired sunglasses and bold red lips!

This chick is rockin’ the military hat, and making a fab splash with the vintage-inspired sunglasses and bold red lips!

As the recipient of a similar fur hat this past Christmas, I think this is GREAT! Her dark lips make this an elegant statement, and it's super funky!

As the recipient of a similar fur hat this past Christmas, I think this is GREAT! Her dark lips make this an elegant statement, and it’s super funky!

If you must wear a fedora, try this monochrome look! Pair with fun accessories to girl it up. The other option is totally bright!

If you must wear a fedora, try this monochrome look! Pair with fun accessories to girl it up. The other option is totally bright!

I don't do caps, partically because they usually make my ears look prominent and goofy, but this one is adorbs! Find one with a pompom ASAP!

I don’t do caps, partically because they usually make my ears look prominent and goofy, but this one is adorbs! Find one with a pompom ASAP!

If you need to cover those ears, a beanie is a great option! Coordinate with a classic/modern jacket and look totally put together!

If you need to cover those ears, a beanie is a great option! Coordinate with a classic/modern jacket and look totally bohemian chic!

HAHAH! I have no idea how she's doing it, but these ears are the cutest. I wouldn't recommend unless you're a badass, but if that's what you're feelin', by all means, do it!

HAHAH! I have no idea how she’s doing it, but these ears are the cutest. I wouldn’t recommend unless you’re a badass, but if that’s what you’re feelin’, by all means, do it!

Next up, some amazing artists who also happen to be ladies! The first, Hannah Höch, described as “the mother of photomontage,” her work was part of, and was also intentionally marginalized by her male peers, in the Dada movement. Despite the efforts of her critics, a new exhibit opening today at the Whitechapel Gallery in London highlighting her extraordinary work! Even seeing this small sample of her collages, I am intrigued, amused, and deeply impressed by her consistent ability to produce a single piece of art from multiple, totally unrelated images. Each piece conveys movement, unity, and a distinct element of introspective humor.

Aus der Sammlung: Aus einem ethnographischen Museum (From the Collection: From an Ethnographic Museum), 1929, Collage and gouache on paper, 26x17.5cm, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller, 1995

Aus der Sammlung: Aus einem ethnographischen Museum (From the Collection: From an Ethnographic Museum), 1929, Collage and gouache on paper, 26×17.5cm, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller, 1995

Ohne Titel (Aus einem ethnographischen Museum) (Untitled [From an Ethnographic Museum]), 1930, Collage, 48.3 x 32.1 cm, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg Photo: courtesy of Maria Thrun

Ohne Titel (Aus einem ethnographischen Museum) (Untitled [From an Ethnographic Museum]), 1930, Collage, 48.3 x 32.1 cm, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg Photo: courtesy of Maria Thrun

Flucht (Flight), 1931, Collage, 23x18.4cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Flucht (Flight), 1931, Collage, 23×18.4cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Für ein Fest gemacht (Made for a Party), 1936, Collage, 36x19.8cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Für ein Fest gemacht (Made for a Party), 1936, Collage, 36×19.8cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Um einen roten Mund ( Around a Red Mouth) c. 1967, Collage, 20.5 x 16.5 cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Um einen roten Mund (Around a Red Mouth) c. 1967, Collage, 20.5 x 16.5 cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Wrapping up the general “ladies being awesome” theme today, is artist/photographer Carrie Mae Weems. I recently stumbled upon an article about her latest photography project: The Museum Series. Along with a Three Decade Retrospective of her work on view at the Guggenheim, this series will be up in Harlem at the Studio Museum later this month. The idea behind The Museum Series is the creation of a visual/photographic display of the disconnect between minority artists (in Weems’ case, specifically female and African-American) and the traditional artworks highlighted in large, established museums around the world (almost exclusively white male).  “Weems invites viewers to contemplate instances of inequality, whether they be minor incidents in the home or a prejudiced construction of art history. In this series in particular, the artist asks viewers to meditate on museums not as pre-existing temples but man-made creations, in which some are included and others are not.” (via HuffPo’s Priscilla Frank)

Guggenheim Bilbao (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Guggenheim Bilbao (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

The Louvre (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

The Louvre (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Zwinger Palace (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Zwinger Palace (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Pergamon Museum (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Pergamon Museum (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Project Row Houses (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Project Row Houses (Houston, TX) (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

I recently had a mini-moment at the Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth when I realized that literally two of the pieces on display (in both the special exhibit and general collection) were artworks created by women. While I understand the cultural limitations and social pressures placed on females, and other minorities, over the course of history, clearly they were creating. Their exclusion from “premier” institutions and artistic societies is well documented, however, the continued effort to discredit/ignore/separate those works not only maintains outdated biases, but is inherently limiting for everyone. The massive loss of varied perspectives, techniques, and ideas cannot be condoned, especially in a culture aching to explore the “new” and “different.” Look no further than the traditionally disenfranchised, and get ready to escape your comfort zone!

Do you have a favorite winter hat and/or look? Have you tried pairing bold colors or monochrome? Are you interested in collage and/or photomontage? Are you interested in photography? Do you have a favorite artist who happens to be female? Do you have thoughts regarding the male-monopoly in traditional museums?

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