Workin’ the Tease

Museums and society student Erin (Gloria) You recently participated in a two-semester project through MICA’s Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS) class, which resulted in an exhibition titled Workin’ the Tease: The Art of Baltimore’s Burlesque.

The purpose of the show was to celebrate the renewal of Burlesque in Baltimore through the surge of Neo-Burlesque performers who have arrived to Baltimore and transformed it into one of the central hubs of Neo-Burlesque.

The project consisted of both an opening night of performances called “Best of Baltimore,” in which 15 Baltimore-based Burlesque performers performed acts on the Lyric Opera House stage, and an exhibition that featured the historical Burlesque artifacts, artifacts donated by the performers, a series of photographs from Sean Scheidt’s Burlesque series, and Globe Letterpress posters made specifically for the exhibition. The opening night was a one-time ticketed event that happened on April 22, 2014, from 7-10 p.m. The exhibition was held at the Modell Lyric Opera House on Monday, May 5, and Wednesday, May 7.