David C. Driskell Center


Posing Beauty in African American Culture

Thursday, January 31st- Saturday, April 27th, 2019


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.

The exhibition is curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D. Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, and traveled by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, CA. Drawn from public and private collections.

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 31st, 2019 from 5-7 PM


Associated Events (please see Events Calendar for more information):

Managing Artists - Panel Discussion: Thursday, February 7th, 2019 from 5-7 PM

Posing Beauty - Panel Discussion: Thursday, March 7th, 2019 from 5-7 PM

Distinguished Lecture Series: Thursday, April 4th, 2019 at 6 PM


The Driskell Center Gallery’s hours are Monday through Friday from 11AM to 4PM with extended hours on Wednesday until 6PM. The Driskell Center Gallery will additionally be open on Saturday, Feb. 16th, Mar. 30th, and Apr. 27th from 11AM to 4PM. The Driskell Center observes all University of Maryland closings due to inclement weather and holidays. The Driskell Center's Galler will be closed from March 18th through the 22nd for Spring Break.