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Posing Beauty in African American Culture – Curated by 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. 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.
The esteemed roster of artists in this exhibition include, among others, Carrie Mae Weems, Charles “Teenie” Harris, Eve Arnold, Gordon Parks, Sheila Pree Bright, Leonard Freed, Renee Cox, Anthony Barboza, Edward Curtis, Hank Willis Thomas, Bruce Davidson, Mickalene Thomas, Jamel Shabazz, Bayeté Ross Smith, and Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe.

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