Reframing Beauty within the African Diaspora: 1890–2020

Date calendar  Saturday, January 30, 2021
Time clock  6:00pm - 8:00pm (2h)
Location Virtual

Community Gala Sponsor Only Lecture

This presentation explores how photographic memory is central to the exploration of imaging the Black body by examining contemporary perspectives and historical representations in art and photography from the 19th century until now. Interweaving narratives on self-representation and desire, this lecture will deconstruct the gaze and contextualize the myriad portrayals of the Black body from cross-cultural encounters and artistic productions shaped by identity, racial politics, migration, beauty, and power.

Image: Charles “Teenie” Harris, American, 1908–1998. Mary Louise Harris on Mulford Street, Homewood, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1930–1939. Gelatin silver print, 13 1/2 x 9 5/8 inches. Courtesy of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Charles “Teenie” Harris Archive, Heinz Family Fund, 2001.35.8275

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