Cleveland, 12 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
The most famous scene dress of the singer Lady Gaga, the meat gown, is worth a visit: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland organises a national tour for an exhibition dedicated to innovator women of rock ’n’ roll, going through the evolution of the female artists and their impact into music.
The exhibition curator, Meredith Rutledge-Borger, interviewed by Art Daily, said that the exhibition, “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power” is in itself political since it underlines the importance of many “first ladies of rock” who have fought for women and gay rights with their music.
“It is really the centre of our political life” Ms Rutledge-Borger added at the opening. “Staging this exhibition redefines what is important in our history and our political life… in a time when it seems that women are more often under constant scrutiny by politics”.
More than 250 works representing 70 women who were “vectors of change and creativity” she said. Pieces that belonged to Cher, the B-52s, Donna Summer, Stevie Nicks, Cyndi Lauper or even to Madonna will be included into the show. The meat gown worn by Lady Gaga (in occasion of the MTV Video Music Awards in 2010), now dried and painted to recreate its original colour, will be shown in this context: the singer worn it while encircled by American soldiers affected by the politics of “don’t ask, don’t tell”, to protest against the homosexuals ostracism in the army. She explained at the time that if we do not fight for our rights, “we would soon have as many rights as the flesh which covers us”. Retorting, “and I am not a piece of meat”.