Posing Beauty in African American Culture
Posing Beauty in African American Culture

Posing Beauty in African American Culture

1-29-2022 to 5-22-2022
Dates & Times
New Jersey State Museum
205 W. State St. Trenton, NJ 08625

Event Description

The New Jersey State Museum is pleased to present “Posing Beauty in African American Culture,” a touring exhibition. The exhibition explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts. 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 exhibition was organized by the Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, and curated by Deborah Willis, PhD, University Professor and Chair of the Department.

“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. This will be the Museum's first new exhibition since the shutdown and hope that visitors will find the topics both timely and thought-provoking. The photographers in the show are renowned; three of the artists featured – Anthony Barboza, Gordon Parks and Wendell A. White – are also represented in the State Museum’s Fine Art collection.

The exhibition will be on view in the Museum's main first floor gallery. Visit the website for additional information.