Raising Two Cups to the Art World
Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder. Everyday objects can speak to artists, taking on new meanings if viewed in the right light.
A senior citizens’ center in Paducah, Kentucky, however, has taken this to the next level: Their current art exhibit celebrates nothing less than … the bra. Local artists have painted, embroidered, or otherwise decorated 36 brassieres, each of which is named (“Group Support Bra” and “Pirates of the Carri-Bra-En,” for example) and accompanied by a story.
This might just be the breast idea I’ve ever heard.
For years, in fact, I have found myself responding to the call of nearby bras, which whisper their name and beg me to unravel their tales. As a hands-on learner, I fondly recall “I’m a Little D-Cup” and “The Secrets of the Ta-Ta Sisterhood.”
Not to mention that I frequently came across “You Saved the Chest for Last.”
I realize the dangers of bare chests. But if more women need to forgo wearing bras to advance our artistic heritage, so be it.
In other recent bra art news—yes, this really is a big topic lately—breast cancer activists in Cyprus recently created a chain of 114,00 bras, breaking the Guinness Book of Records’ top score of 79,000 linked bras set in Singapore three years ago.
Something I learned today: People other than Gene Simmons of Kiss actually keep track of these things.
The event aimed to raise awareness of breast cancer, a noble goal. Of course, this benefit may have been balanced by a rise in car accidents as men gaped at thousands of topless Cypriot women.
But if that’s the price we pay, so be it.
I’ll just say thanks for the art, thanks for advancing the cause, and thanks for the mammaries.