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Exhibit at Busboys and Poets Pays Tribute to Breasts

by ARLnow.com — September 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm 3,439 28 Comments

Busboys and Poets in Shirlington (4251 S. Campbell Avenue) is hosting a new art exhibit dedicated to breasts.

The exhibit, called Telling Intimate True Stories (TITS), features plaster castings of women’s breasts, turned into works of art. The opening of the exhibit coincides with October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Some of the castings are from local breast cancer survivors.

Women who participated in the castings range in age from 18 to 73, and each participant wrote an essay that accompanies the casting. The essays talk about “individual body image or life experiences,” Busboys and Poets spokeswoman Melissa DePaulis told ARLnow.com.

“There are works by domestic violence survivors that tell of jarring horrors. Cancer survivors talk of their own painful journeys. There are stories of self image from preteen years,” DePaulis said. “All work is anonymous. It is our hope that audiences are impacted by the work — that they recognize their own stories in the castings and essays and they feel empathy for the range of women’s experiences.”

Telling Intimate True Stories was created by Taking Flight, an nonprofit group “that gives women creative opportunities to voice our experiences.” The organization hopes the exhibit “brings attention to breast health as it also gives women a platform to express our feelings related to our breasts and body images.”

The exhibit is expected to remain displayed at the restaurant for about six months. An artist reception for the exhibit will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The event is free and open to the public.

Hat tip to Scott McCaffrey

  • Brassiere

    I fully support this exhibit. Breast of luck to you.

    • Mike Sorrentino

      I’m just glad they don’t have an exhibit called Dudes Indulging in Caring, Kindness, and Selflessness.

  • Quoth the Raven

    Looking forward to the next exhibit, entitled “Possibly EmbarassiNgly Intimate Stories” and its associated castings.

  • YTK

    WHO is going to win the Breast In Show award????

  • helllooooooo

    There will be a similar exibt at freddies next weekend…

  • Swag

    Fun fact: They’re actually moobs.

  • GodFila

    Sure hope that you can catch their next exhibit:

    Artists Need Unlimited Straws

  • Mike

    I believe a magazine called “Penthouse” publishes an homage to breasts once a month or so.

  • baby

    Makes me thirsty. Waaaaaaaah!

  • j

    I missed in the article what percentage of the restaurant’s October profits will be going to aid National Breast Cancer Awareness Month groups.

  • Lee-n-Glebe

    Ifnthey put this at the Artisphere it might actually draw some people there.

  • MC 703

    73… yug

  • Southeast Ben

    I bet Trev has dinner reservations here while this exhibit is ongoing.

  • GodFila

    I laud their sag-acity in ensuring that all age groups are represented, including the elderly.

  • Ahhlington

    That’s a nice set of hooters you got there. The owls, they’re beautiful!

  • Tom Smart

    I wish they would do a like kind exhibit on the prostrate gland,
    Just wondering what that would feel like trying to do a plaster cast of it…

    • dk (not DK)

      ProsTATE not ProsTRATE.

  • internet tourettes

    And when are they going to have the testicular cancer awareness event?

    • nom de guerre

      April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month.

      • Yup

        They celebreate it at the Montana State Society BBQ at the VFW.

    • Sick Willy

      If they have a bunch of dongs on the wall, I am out…

  • j

    TITS on the wall = Asses in the seats. Clever marketing.

    • WeiQiang

      “What is this American obsession with BREASTS?”

      — J. Algernon Hawthorne in ‘It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World’

      • Quoth the Raven

        They’re spectacular.

      • WeiQiang

        Updated at 4:55pm:

        “What is this American obsession with BOSOMS?”

        — J. Algernon Hawthorne in ‘It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World’

  • Cyrus

    Nice knockers

  • sunflower

    looks like a trophy room

  • Sick Willy

    Can you pour your beer through them into your mouth?

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