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Laying it Bare: Brown Hosts Nude Art Series

For better or for worse, we seem to be living in a clothed era here at Wesleyan. Gone are the days of Art House naked parties (and Art House, for that matter).  Gone, too, is the infamous annual Eclectic sex party.  There are still whispers about WestCo being clothing-optional, but aside from the occasional streakers or Olin prank, people aren’t exactly running around campus in the nude.  Our reputation precedes us.

Is there a stigma around nudity here? Possibly.  For those of us who want to combat that stigma, maybe naked parties aren’t the way to go.  We can derive inspiration from Brown, where a nude art series called “Nudity in the Upspace” took the stage this week.  According to a Brown Daily Herald article, Brown juniors Becca Wolinsky and Camila Pacheco-Fores designed the series to feature “an array of events including yoga, body painting and scenes from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, all conducted entirely in the nude.”

In the article, the creators of the series explained that they hoped to foster appreciation for all body types and to  “help themselves and others become more comfortable with their own bodies.”  There were also discussions about the “power dynamics of being clothed versus being naked” and the creators’ inspiration for the series.

“So This Is Wesleyan’s Clothing-Optional Library…”

Who says Wes lacks solid traditions?

At approximately 12:40 yesterday afternoon, the entire main floor of Olin Library stripped to its underwear, continuing a Wes tradition of recent years—and just in time for four tour groups to cycle through. Participants remained studious and stoic, tour guides cool and collected, librarians kept a bemused distance, and all culminated with an impassioned take on the Wes Fight Song.

Because really, corny as it sounds, nothing brings the Wesleyan community together quite like messing with unsuspecting prefrosh.

Some photo highlights after the jump. Faces have been, err—altered to protect privacy.

Did you snap this photo?

Thirteen brave, bare students run across Andrus during Spring Fling 2005. Originally found on Facebook, the photographer is unknown.

Are you the one who captured this moment of naked Wesleyan history on film? If so, please email me as soon as possible at jlaselva@wes.

Draw naked people… for free!

Drop Everything and Draw (D.E.A.D.) holds free live nude model drawing sessions every Saturday from noon to 3:00 PM in the CFA’s Drawing Studio, room 105. All art supplies are provided for free. No prior drawing experience is needed.

Date: Saturdays
Time: 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: CFA Drawing Studio 105