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Currently on exhibit

Much Ado About Barbie

barbie doll

in partnership with Ferris' Museum of sexist objects

Exhibit Dates: February 1 - 28

Opening Reception & Panel discussion: February 15, 5 - 6:30 p.m.


Barbie’s cultural significance is a complex reflection of the ever-changing values and attitudes of our society. She has influenced culture and sparked discussion on gender, body image, consumerism, and feminism.  Her status as a pop culture icon has grown to unimaginable measure following the release of the major motion picture Barbie (2023) starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. The film is the highest earning film in Warner Bros.’ 100-year history and the highest grossing film ever directed by a female filmmaker (Greta Gerwig).

Much Ado About Barbie aims to celebrate the impact of the recent film and to explore the evolution of Barbie since her introduction by Mattel in 1959. Barbie represents both progress and controversy as her character has evolved over time to address the criticisms and changing societal norms of western culture while remaining a symbol of imagination and aspiration for generations. 

Panelists - Sponsored by AAUW

Panel Format

  • Introductions & statement about exhibit – acknowledgements - Carrie Weis
  • Dr. Smith – Barbie clip of America Ferrera – contradictions and the Barbie movie
  • Lori Faulkner – Barbie & Fashion (fashion in the workplace?)
  • Piper Adonya - diversity & representation  
  • Dr. Bush – 3rd wave feminism & wrap up remarks
  • Q & A

Carrie Weis
Museum & Gallery Director
Ferris State University
Fine Art Gallery