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July 23 2014

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Beauty As Muse

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Yesterday’s Times article on the practice of hair relaxing in African-American culture as well as Tyra Banks’ recent call for a National Real Hair Day make next week’s opening of the new show at the Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts especially timely. Posing Beauty, as the exhibit is called, features approximately 80 works—including black-and-white, color, and digitized photographs; video installations; and Web-based projects—that explore the ways African and African-American beauty have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts. Readers across the pond yearning for their own beauty-as-art fix should head over to the Musée de Cluny in Paris, where The Bath and the Mirror is in full swing. Looking to disprove the myth that no one bathed during the Dark Ages, a series of paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, and utensils from the medieval era are on display to suggest otherwise.

Photo: Pat Evans, c. 1970s” by Anthony Barboza
Photo: Courtesy of the Artist

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