“It’s not an outfit issue, I assure you,” the announcer said when the actors were a tad delayed for their reading. That’s because three women in their 20s appeared in silky black robes and promptly removed them — to be clad only in jewelry and red high-heeled shoes. “Naked Girls Reading in Minneapolis” appeared at the Hennepin History Museum last Friday. Calling it performance art, they read excerpts from material about films
– “The Hobbit,” “Secretary,” “The Fellowship of the Ring,” like that. The “girls” weren’t extremely adept readers, but the audience of 25 or so was indeed listening. And looking. Not leering, looking. The act wasn’t sexual, quite odd at first. The group maintains it is “a living, breathing nude painting that asks viewers to exalt rather than dissect and scandalize female sensuality.” The museum didn’t sponsor the act, only rented the venue to the group, but director Jada Hansen said the museum and Naked Girls are exploring a partnership. The museum’s enthusiasts, she said, consists of city people who “don’t want old spinning wheels” but more edgy stuff. This was it.