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CITY OFFICIAL GOES AFTER LIFE CLASS AT
, ART INSTITUTE; PLANS TO AROUSE WOMEN ,
hours in a room where there were no
open windows. She did not realize
that she would have to sit there all
that time with the eyes of a roomful
Chicago clubwomn will be asked to
investigate the "life class' at the Art
Institute by Mrs. "teonora Z. Meder,
chief of the dep't of public welfare.
Mrs. Meder, after hearing of the
collapse of a girl model at the insti
tute, searched her civic powers in an
effort to find some means of putting
an end to nude posing.
"It is horrible to think of the life
class at the Art Institute," said Mrs.
Meder. "What is art that it should
be placed above womanhood? I know
there are many girls who are tempt
ed by the good money they pay mod
els, which is naturally much better
than department store wages, and in
time lose all sense of modesty.
"I believe this girl who fainted col
lapsed as much through sensitiveness
and nervous strain because of being
looked upon by a roomful of students,
as well as from any other reason.
"I will go before all the important
women's civic bodies and ask them to
work for a law which will forbid
the employment of models to pose in
It is expected that Mrs. Meder will
ask the Woman's Civic club and ton
er similar bodies to act this week.
The case which brought about
Mrs. Meder's action was the collapse
of a girl named Dorothy, who fainted
Dorothy has worked, as a model at
the Art Institute ever since the cry of
"wartime hardship1' caused so many
big employers to discharge girl work
ers in wholesale lots.
When that time came some -friend
told her that with herf ace and figure
she could make "all kinds of money'
posing at the Art Institute.
So Dorothy applied for and "was
given a position as a model in the life
class. She was told the job was: a
very pleasant one. She soon found
She was not told, however, that
she would have to hold, a pose Xor
of art students upon her.
But she needed the money very
badly and she faced the ordeal brave
ly. What experiences she went
through Dorothy may or may not de
cide to tell herself when she recovers
her strength. For Dorothy fainted
Saturday while "holding a difllcult
Dorothy's fainting caused rather
an unusual amount of excitement in
the life class. Young students seemed
to sense something of the cause of
the girl's collapse and they were"in
a flurry of excitement when the offi
cials -of the school arrived.
Every attempt was madeto pass
over the affair lightly. The school
Officials seemed quite shocked, when
reporters, found about the collapse of
the girl. The opinion voiced by sev
eral students that poor ventilation
might have ben responsible -was re
ceived very coldly oy the officials.
Later, Thos. L. Keane, dean of the
school, issued a formal statement:
"Models in the life class frequently
faint while, posing. It is quite a com
mon occurrence. Sometimes it is be
cause of indigestion or some similar
trouble. Even models who wear
clothing when they pose are likely to
faint The weight of the clothing fre
quently makes them nervous and the
reaction causes them to faint
"A, new ventilating system was in
stalled in the classrooms some tune
ago and the idea that apparent close
ness in the rooms sometimes is due to
lac kof proper ventilation is imagina
tion. The rooms er well aired.
"Any pne who has had aay experi
ence with models wfll agree that they
often topple over while posing. There
axe several explanations of this. The
work is of a nature to cause nervous
strata." , c