'Posing Beauty in African American Culture' Gallery Opening
Snap! Space presented ‘Posing Beauty in African American Culture,’ exploring 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. Posing Beauty in African American Culture challenged contemporary understandings of beauty by framing notions of aesthetics, race, class, and gender within art, popular culture, and politics. Curated by Dr. Deborah Willis, this exhibition of photographic images from 1890 to today, included an esteemed roster of artists focused on African American art : Mickalene Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, Gordon Parks, Bruce Davidson, Leonard Freed, Jamel Shabazz, Bayeté Ross Smith, to name just a few.
Shown for the first time in Florida, this exhibit has been featured in New York Times, LA Times, The Huffington Post, Art Daily, Times Tribune, The Seattle Times and The Boston Globe.
About the Curator:
Dr. Deborah Willis, Ph.D., is chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and Professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, Africana Studies. Professor Willis has been the recipient of Guggenheim, Fletcher, and MacArthur fellowships, the Infinity Award in Writing from the International Center for Photography, and recipient of the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation Award. Named one of the “100 Most Important People in Photography” by American Photography magazine she is one of the nation’s leading historians of African American photography.
Snap! Space, 1013 E. Colonial Dr. Orlando, 32803.