Newark Museum - Posing Beauty Exhibit
African American Images From the 1890s to the Present
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 through Thursday, April 28, 2011
Posing Beauty explores the ways in which African American beauty has been represented in the media in both historical and contemporary contexts. In three thematic sections, "Constructing a Pose," "Body and Image," and "Modeling Beauty and Beauty Contests." This exhibition examines contemporary understandings of beauty by framing the notion of aesthetics, race, class and gender within art, popular culture, and political contexts. Posing Beauty features approximately nearly 100 works drawn from public and private collections and will be accompanied by a book by the curator of the exhibition, Dr. Deborah Willis, Chair of the Photography and Imaging Department at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.