Posing Beauty in African American Culture

August 22 – October 18, 2020

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.

Posing Beauty in African American Culture challenges contemporary understandings of beauty by framing notions of aesthetics, race, class, and gender within art, popular culture, and politics.

Posing Beauty in African American Culture is curated by Deborah Willis and organized by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California.

Please Note: Photography is not permitted in this exhibition.

August 20: Facebook Live, 7pm
Join FWMoA’s Amanda Shepard as she talks with Clydia Early and Sherry Early, founders of the group "For Communities of Color”, to discuss the topic of beauty in Black culture. Simply visit the FWMoA Facebook page  on this date and time and the live broadcast will begin around 7:00pm Eastern Time.

September 3: Curator's Tour, 12:15pm
Curators take you on a new gallery tour each month. From specialized and personal points of view, curators offer unique perspectives on all FWMoA exhibits. Free with Museum admission. The tour is open to the first 12 registrants. Please RSVP here.

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