Burlesque: Exotic Dancers of the 1950s and 60s
Coney Island Museum (1208 Surf Ave., Brooklyn)
Burlesque dominated the landscape of sexual performance throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Tonight, join collector, author, and director Judson Rosebush as he shares with us a brief illustrated history of the art form as explored in his new book Burlesque Exotic Dancers of the 50s & 60s. The book–which will be available for sale and signing–traces the history of Burlesque from its traditional forms through its transformation into go-go dancing in the 1960s. Included within are nearly 200 “booking photos”–publicity shots commissioned by the dancers and distributed to booking agents, managers, theaters, press, and fans–of 125 burlesque queens and belly dancing stars from the 1950s and 1960s including Crystal Blue, Bella Dona, Sunny Day, Dixie Evans, Lala Jazir and Dusty Summers among others. Judson Rosebush is a director and producer of multimedia and computer animation projects in New York City and is well-known as a pioneer in computer graphics and animation. His screen credits include the original TRON, the feature documentary The Story of Computer Graphics, and hundreds of television commercials and documentaries. In addition to his multimedia work, Rosebush’s interest in all things sexual is coupled with a developing classification scheme for sexual images and literature, and he has published widely on sexual media under the name The Mad Professor.