New Exhibition Examines Depictions of African American Beauty
Hair, fashion and depictions of African American women in advertising are all up for examination in “Posing Beauty in African American Culture,” the new exhibition that opened Friday in the David C. Driskell Center focuses on the study of visual arts and culture of African Americans.
The traveling exhibit, curated by Deborah Willis of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, has three themes—“Constructing a Pose,” “Body and Image” and “Modeling Beauty and Beauty Contests”—that explore how African American beauty has been depicted historically and today.
The exhibition features work from 51 artists, spanning 1898 to 2009 and is open now through April 27, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. See some of the artwork from the exhibition below.
Hank Willis Thomas, “Posing Beauty,” Archival InkJet Print, 2009
This collage displays hundreds of images taken from advertisements, highlighting “how we got used to seeing the female body—in this specific one, the African American body—as part of our daily advertisement, that we’re being bombarded with it daily,” says Dorit Yaron, deputy director of the Driskell Center. (Photo courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York)