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'Posing Beauty' photo exhibition at USC Fisher Museum of Art

September 24, 2011 |  6:00 am

We covered "Beauty Culture," the current exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography that explores different interpretations of beauty. And as that show draws to a close this November, the subject is tackled again in an exhibit called "Posing Beauty" at the Fisher Museum of Art at USC.

The exhibition, curated by Deborah Willis, professor at New York University and chair of the school’s department of photography and imaging, is making its West Coast debut at USC from now until Dec. 3. The grouping of 80-plus pieces mostly black-and-white photography aims to present works that capture the aesthetic of each photographer and their relationship with their subject.

Subjects such as beauty queens, 1960s swimsuit models, barber shop culture, couples donning their church clothes and music icons like James Brown and Otis Redding are presented throughout the space and displayed in one of three categories: “Constructing a Pose,” “Body and Image” and “Modeling Beauty and Beauty Contests.”

The photos are gorgeous and the subtext begs for further discussion on what we consider beautiful and the various ways artists and photographers have expressed their feelings on the subject over the last several decades.

Read more about "Posing Beauty" in this Sunday's Image section.


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Photo: "Atlantic City, Four Women," circa 1960s by John W. Mosley. Credit: John W. Mosley, Curatorial Assistance