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You only have three days to see "Blythe Spirit."

The exhibit, culled by Park Sloper Kathryn Letson, will open with a reception on Friday, May 17 at 8 pm at Artscetera (212 Smith St. between Baltic and Butler streets).

The show is a collection of artwork inspired by the Blythe doll, which hit toy store shelves in 1972.

"[Blythe] was produced by the Kenner Corporation in four original styles - blonde, brunette, redhead and black hair - with four fruit-colored wigs and 12 amazing outfits available in the ’Blythe’s Boutique’ line," according to the "This is Blythe" Web site, based on the eponymous book by New York-based photographer Gina Garan.

"Her eyes change direction and color, from blue to orange to green to pink, at the pull of a string on the back of her head," according to the site. One can understand how this slightly creepy feature could be fodder for art. (In her goggle-eyed way, the black-haired doll strikes me as similar in countenance to actress Christina Ricci.)

Nanette DeCillis, director of Artscetera, is excited about her latest show.

"Leading designers from the Fashion Institute of Technology to Calvin Klein to Gap have contributed their visions of Blythe," said DeCillis. "Their work is as much a re-examination of the cultural phenomenon of the early ’70s as it is a rare glimpse into the artistic minds of the people who are behind many of the trends and images that drive the industries of fashion, art and culture today."

Letson will also display the vintage Blythe paraphernalia and many dolls she has collected over the years, as well as the wardrobe she designed for her collection. One doll, dressed in Letson’s designs, will be silent-auctioned off to the highest bidder with proceeds going to a Brooklyn children’s charity.

The exhibit will also be on view May 18-19, from 1 to 6 pm. For more information, call (718) 643-6817.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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