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Bettie Page Uncovered: The Unknown Photographs of Bunny Yeager

Located at the Catalina Island Museum

She has been described as the “Queen of Pinups” and a “Pulp Goddess.”  She was one of the most photographed models of the 1950s, and Hugh Hefner, for whom she posed in 1955, called her "an iconic figure in pop culture." Bettie Page continues to be one of the most popular celebrities of all time, ranking just behind Albert Einstein. But in 1953, the first volley of the "sexual revolution" that was to transform American life in the 1960s, had just been fired with the publication of the second volume of the Kinsey Reports and Playboy Magazine. Page unwittingly entered the fray when she was summoned to testify before a Congressional Subcommittee charged with investigating how America's youth was being driven to delinquency by men's magazines, comic books and...well, Bettie Page. She was labeled "notorious," and Page retreated to the sunny climes of Miami. Soon after, she disappeared entirely from public view. This is the first museum exhibition in California dedicated to Bettie Page and is derived entirely from a recently discovered archive of photographs by the "legendary" Bunny Yeager. Executed in Miami during 1954, Yeager's photographs are the most celebrated ever executed of Page. They were once described by American Photo as a "body of imagery that remains some of the most memorable - and endearing..." Known for the sensitivity with which she approached women models, these extraordinary photographs reveal why, upon Yeager's death in 2014, the New York Times wrote: "She is widely credited with helping turn the erotic pinup - long a murky enterprise in every sense of the word - into a high photographic art."

 

 

Earlier Event: July 27
See Marty and Elayne at The Dresden
Later Event: August 1
Evening with Ryan Murphy