Sexual Ambiguity of the Woman in Blue

The idea that one’s sexuality could affect a composition is an interesting and notable concept that deserves some discussion.  In Dorf and Moore’s articles about the homosexual undertones of the Princesse de Polignac’s commissions and the music of...

La revue nègre: An Unabashed Desire of the Exotic

The Parisian infatuation with the pulsing rhythms and gyrating movements of “Negro” dancing in the 1920s was an indication not of deep love and appreciation for the people of the “other” culture, but rather an overindulged fetish of the wild...

The Decadence of Ida Rubinstein

The allure of Ida Rubinstein has so many curves and angles that it is difficult to know where to begin investigation. Is it best to start with a glance at the brief overview of her life provided by the Encyclopedia article in the Jewish Women’s Archive?  Or better...