Posing Beauty


Do not miss the current exhibit at the VMFA, “Posing Beauty in African American Culture.”

Curated by Deboarh Willis, the exhibit is exhaustive and beautiful. This exhibit was not one that I had been anxiously waiting for it to open, but I am so glad we went. And as is usual it was so much better than I had expected. The photographic images are beautiful and the paintings and sculptures are fantastic. .

Posing Beauty in African American Culture examines the contested ways in which African and African American beauty has 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. The exhibition explores contemporary understandings of beauty by framing the notion of aesthetics, race, class, and gender within art, popular culture, and political contexts.

In conjunction with Posing Beauty and in the same gallery space is “Identity Shift” a collection of VMFA art from the 70s that compliments the Beauty.

The show runs from April 26th until July 27, 2014

While there do not miss the Civil Rights photography exhibit, “Signs of Protest: Photographs from the Civil Rights Era” outside the Amuse Restaurant through August 3rd.


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