Say Hello to Barbie! Exhibit at the El Cerrito Library

There’s a really fun new exhibit in the front showcase of the El Cerrito Library, at 6510 Stockton Ave.
Barbie Show

Barbie exhibit, design and photograph by Christina Van Horn

Who would have thought that the accomplished writer and editor, Christina Van Horn, whose impressive journalistic creds include working for the Boston Globe, the Associated Press and several information technology magazines, still treasures her Barbie dolls?

Barbie Show

Barbie Show, photograph by Christina Van Horn

Actually, if you know Christina at all, you might have guessed. She has a winning, playful nature and her creativity ranges far beyond her writing.  Christina’s website, CVH Color / Design, shows her amazing design sense.
Barbie exhibit, design and photograph by Christina Van Horn

Barbie exhibit, design and photograph by Christina Van Horn

She even constructed and sewed the sumptuous bed and bedding, in which ‘middle-aged’ Barbie lies, reading – with a cat on her lap.
Barbie Show, photograph by Christina Van Horn

Barbie Show, photograph by Christina Van Horn

Bathing suit Barbie, photograph by Christina Van Horn

Bathing suit Barbie, photograph by Christina Van Horn

Christina describes Barbie’s history, and discusses her impact, including citing controversies, which, she notes, often involve parodies of Barbie and her ‘lifestyles.’  Christina’s exhibit is a loving tribute to an icon, a playful and creative reminder for us to reach back to that part of ourselves that we may have packed away when we put our toys and dolls aside. What was your favorite toy or doll as a child? Do you still have it?
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