E.V. Day

Bombshell
1999

Not on view

Bombshell is part of a series of installations entitled Exploding Couture (1999-2002) which represent, according to E.V. Day, female figures “extracting themselves from the props of social conventions.” In each installation, a spectacular evening dress, cut into hundreds of pieces, is suspended in midair by an elaborate system of monofilament lines attached to the floor and ceiling with turnbuckles. The dresses appear to be frozen in the midst of a violent explosion. For Bombshell, Day created an 8-foot-high reproduction of the white halter dress immortalized by Marilyn Monroe in the movie, The Seven Year Itch (1955). This work deliberately confuses sex and militarism, orgasm and detonation, invoking the 1950s epithet for Monroe: blond bombshell.

Artist
E.V. Day

Title
Bombshell

Date
1999

Classification
Sculpture

Medium
White crepe dress with monofilament and turnbuckles

Dimensions
192 x 240 x 240 in.

Accession number
2002.318

Credit line
Purchase, with funds from the Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Committee

Rights and reproductions information
© artist or artist’s estate


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