DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Girlhood (It's Complicated):
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October 9, 2020 – January 2, 2022
The history of girlhood is not what people think; it is complicated. Young women are often told that girls are “made of sugar and spice and everything nice.” What is learned from history is that girls are made of stronger stuff. They have changed history. From Helen Keller to Naomi Wadler, girls have spoken up, challenged expectations, and been on the frontlines of social change. Through their lives, what it means to be a girl—and a woman—has always been part of the American conversation. Girlhood (It’s Complicated) showcases unexpected stories of girlhood, engaging the audience in timely conversations about women’s history.
With a design inspired by zines, the 5,000-square-foot gallery has five story sections: Education (Being Schooled), Wellness (Body Talk), Work (Hey, Where’s My Girlhood?), Fashion (Girl’s Remix), plus seven biographical interactives stories, A Girl’s Life. The design features custom murals and illustrations by artist Krystal Quiles. The exhibition will tour the country through the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service from 2023 through 2025.
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GIRLH1_211004_13.JPG: Escaramuza Charra
Veronica Davila started riding horses at the age of three. By age four, she was competing in escaramuzas, synchronized riding demonstrations, in Monterrey, Mexico. Veronica wore this colorful dress in the early 2000s as captain of the escaramuza team La Valerntinas in San Antonio, Texas.
The dress tells a story of girls' strength as highly skilled riders and the Mexican American community's efforts to preserve and promote charreria -- a rich transnational tradition of the US Southwest rooted in Mexican and Mexican American ranch life and culture of the 1700s and 1800s.
GIRLH1_211004_17.JPG: Veronica Davila' Escaramuza Ensemble, 2000s
Girls competing in escaramuzas wear stunning traditional outfits inspired by the fearless adelitas, women fighters in the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920). Ensembles follow strict guidelines to preserve historical and cultural authenticity. Skirts must cover the horse's haunches and allow the team to perform dangerous maneuvers at high speeds while riding sidesaddle. Girls also don the emblematic sombrero charro, a broad-brimmed hat designed to provide relief from the blistering heat f the US-Mexico borderlands.
Escaramuzas started in the 1950s, but became recognized as girls-only competitive events in 1992. Escaramuzas expand the boundaries of the male sports of charreria. Escaramuza competitions are scored on skill, grace, and elegance. As escaramuza charras, girls reclaim their Mexican cultural heritage and affirm their Mexican American identity.
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2021 photos: This year, which started with former child president's attempted coup and the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, gradually got better.
Trips this year:
(May, October) After getting fully vaccinated, I made two trips down to Asheville, NC to visit my dad and his wife Dixie, and
(mid-July) I made a quick trip up to Stockbridge, MA to see the Norman Rockwell Museum again as well as Daniel Chester French's place @ Chesterwood.
Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Number of photos taken this year: about 283,000, up slightly from 2020 levels but still really low.
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