“Posing Beauty” at the Everhart

Opening at the Everhart Museum on Friday, February 3, 2012 is the international travelling exhibit Posing Beauty in African American Culture. The exhibit will be on display through April 1, 2012 during regular museum hours.

On loan from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Posing Beauty explores contemporary understandings of beauty by framing the notion of aesthetics, race, class, and gender within art, popular culture, and political contexts. This exhibit features approximately 84 works drawn from public and private collections and is accompanied by a book published by W.W. Norton.

According to the exhibit’s curator Deborah Willis, “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through a diverse range of media including photography, film, video, fashion, advertising, and other forms of popular culture such as music and the Internet. Throughout the Western history of art and image-making, the relationship between beauty and art has become increasingly complex within contemporary art and popular culture.”

Funding support for the exhibit is courtesy of Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, Inc.

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