Blue Ribbons & Burlesque shown at
TheVermont Historical Society is pleased to announce a new exhibit at the Vermont History Museum opening on November 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Blue Ribbons & Burlesque: The Country-Fair Photography of Charles Fish will feature the photographer’s talk about the evolution of the country fair at 2:00 pm.
The black and white photographs of Charles Fish capture nature and nurture, theatrical illusion, the pursuit of excellence, and even the guilty pleasures of fair food,” said Amanda Gustin, VHS public programs coordinator. “This remarkable exhibit will be included with the admission fee to the museum until July, 2016.”
nearly 40 years, Charles Fish has been a keen observer and photographer of country fairs, primarily in Vermont. His black and white images cap- ture the varying personalities of fairgoers and workers, the thrilling carnival rides, the blue-ribbon livestock and racehorses, and even the power of novelty and the erotic. Fish writes in his book of the same name, “They (country fairs) were rich with images and wonders at a time when entertainment was more restrained, the panorama of the wide world less brutally revealed.” The exhibit will feature photography alongside commentary and reflection about the history and culture of country fairs.
information about the Vermont Historical Society and this exhibit can be found at vermonthistory.org.
The black and white photography of Charles Fish will be on exhibit at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier starting November 21 at 1:00 pm.