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Victorious Secret

Tuesday, 20 October 2015Monday, 15 February 2016

Penn Libraries Education Commons, Franklin Field, 233 South 33rd Street

Victorious Secret

Kislak Center Exhibition

Angela Lorenz

Visual Artist


Created from buttons and hairpins, Angela Lorenz's life-sized mosaic panels of competitive women athletes from ancient Rome are based on originals in Piazza Armerina, Sicily, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In modern times, these original mosaics were thought to be “dancing bikini girls.” The exhibition is a tribute to archaeologist Isabella Baldini Lipolis and a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX.

Join us on October 21st at 5:00, when Angela Lorenz will give a talk about "Victorious Secret," addressing gender inequality through the lens of art history. If you miss seeing the exhibition before her talk, her work will be on display in a new wing of Penn's historic Franklin Field through February 15th, 2016.

Images (top to bottom). Prizes and Hoop: woman receiving a victory palm and a crown for winning the hoop race (trochus), one of the events in men's and women's elite games. Discus: the women athletes are holding weights for long jump (halteres) and a discus, which were sadly interpreted as rattles and a tambourine after the mosaics came to light in the 1950's. Copyright Angela Lorenz (2012-2013).

Free and open to the public.