Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


Alberto Vargas: The Esquire Pinups
  • Alberto Vargas: The Esquire Pinups
  • 29-Sep-2001 - 30-Dec-2001
  • Kress Gallery, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Eighty-four of the original watercolor and airbrush paintings by Alberto Vargas (1896-1982) that appeared as pinups in Esquire magazine during the 1940s (from the Esquire Collection of the Spencer Museum). The proposed catalogue will address the material from a variety of (some opposing) points of view: fashion and design; World War II material culture (the Varga Girls were painted onto bomber nose cones); second-wave feminism; third-wave feminist re-appraisal; the reception of the Peruvian-born artist in the U.S.; and the artist's significance in post-war popular culture.