And That's Vinyl!

I'm way too old to be captivated by Kidrobot toys, and yet I inexplicably am -- if I were richer, I'd have a houseful of Dunnys and Munnys and Zoomies and Labbits and IceBots. But I was raised on a steady diet of Denver Art Museum doll trolls, Cootie, Gumby and an especially ugly fellow called a Nauga, which came into being as the advertising mascot for Naugahyde's vinyl synthetic wonder fabric. Sort of a cross between an Ugly Doll and a Yo Gabba Gabba! character, the storied Nauga was said to shed its "hyde" several times a year, thereby making Naugahyde a cruelty-free commodity. So ahead of its time!

You, too, will be captivated by the noble Nauga, upon viewing Monster Madness: The Lovable Nauga, an exhibit of thirty-odd Naugas in both rare and common colors, loaned by Albuquerque collector George Anderman to the Hiwan Homestead Museum, 4208 South Timbervale Drive, Evergreen, for a visit ending on March 30. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays; for information log on to www.naugahyde.com/history.html. And for more about the Nauga, go to www.naugahyde.com/history.html.
Feb. 6-March 30, 2008

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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