The art form known as burlesque has a distinctly American influence. And within its American heritage, burlesque owes much to a Midwestern influence.
That aspect is especially on display in an exhibit open now at the Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee. Stars such as Gypsy Rose Lee, Lili St. Cyr, Rose La Rose, Dixie Evans and contemporary performers such as Dita von Teese and Amber Ray are examined.
"Burlesque...is no longer the mainstream that it was, but it has influenced all the major forms of entertainment today," says Annemarie Sawkins.