The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Historical Hot or Not IV

Some people say it's all in the family. So today on Museum Hotties (or Notties), I submit for your consideration, Peggy Guggenheim.
Man Ray, Peggy Guggenheim, 1924, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
Peggy was a wealthy heiress, deeply involved with the Parisian avant-garde, who was even briefly married to Max Ernst. Hugely influential as a leader of taste by example, she championed the careers of artists like Jackson Pollock. Like her uncle Slomon Guggenheim, her collection of modern art formed the nucleus of an eponymous museum. Once planned for London, it is now housed in Venice. So - by the standards of her day, is she hot or not? Or should we perhaps ask - awesome or really awesome?
If you still can't decide, here are some more photos:

4 comments:

Jenny said...

Sultry and strange, certainly. There's something compelling about her earlier pictures.

But I can't, once again, get behind the facial adornments...

Amy said...

Totally awesome - the earlier pictures are going in my 'inspiration for the May Ball' folder and the later ones are perfect tutorials in how to cultivate an eccentric old lady persona (for future reference - not quite *that* decrepit yet!).

Mike Simpson said...

You had me at "wealthy heiress"...

Exile Bibliophile said...

Frightening.