Harlequin Celebrates 60 Years of Romance With an Exhibit

Harlequin romance covers are iconic. Painted in lurid, brighter-than-life hues, the covers abound with cheesetastic scenes of scantily clad women, either in the tight embrace of some bohunk or merely looking around, bewildered. So to celebrate 60 years of providing women fantasy romances, the exhibit Heart of a Woman: Harlequin Cover Art 1949-2009 will look at the changing artwork of Harlequin covers and how they reflect the "shifts in private desires to shifts in the politics of gender." If I were in New York, where the show starts May 29, you can be sure I'd go!