Cultural Paper Doll - Don’t Be Ignorant

by Beige Pingarron

Through this activity I want to shed light on the cultural appropriation that took place within the 1940s, 50s, and 60s supper club scene. During this period we saw predominately white crowds enjoy stereotypical club settings for the sake of offering an exotic experience to the masses. Most often these experiences originally excluded people of color and anyone who was not caucasian, which meant that they were inauthentic and stereotypical experiences that left the very people it mimicked out of the conversation. I hope this sheds light on just how insensitive cultural approrpiation is and allows you to avoid it and recognize it in the future. I also want to thank the City Reliquary for partnering with Parsons' Narrative Space class and allowing us to spotlight its collection of 40s, 50s, and 60s supper clubs.