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Posing Beauty in African American Culture – Art Exhibit

October 5, 2024 January 12, 2025

Taft Museum of Art

Price Varies

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See Posing Beauty in African American Culture at the Taft Museum of Art from October 5 to January 12.

Posing Beauty in African American Culture traces the relationship between African American beauty and visual culture from the 1890s to the present through documentary, commercial, and fine art photography. Documentary photographs and portraits of portraits of Black Americans—some famous, some just ordinary citizens—present the public face of African American beauty, while commercial photographs demonstrate how fashion and advertising have constructed beauty standards. Finally, contemporary photographers—some of whom use themselves as a subject—encourage consideration of how images of beauty impact mass culture and individuals.

Posing Beauty includes more than 100 works by photographers, including Charles “Teenie” Harris, Leonard Freed, Anthony Barboza, Carrie Mae Weems, Hank Willis Thomas, Sheila Pree Bright, Renee Cox, Mickalene Thomas, and others. Organized by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions and curated by Deborah Willis, PhD, one of the nation’s leading historians of African American photography and culture, the exhibition will challenge existing notions of beauty while encouraging consideration of race, class, and gender within art and popular culture.

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Taft Museum of Art Venue Details


The Taft offers limited free on-site parking for guests visiting the museum, the Museum Shop, and the Lindner Family Café during regular museum hours in its on-site garage. The front gates and garage open 15 minutes before opening. Arrive using Cincinnati METRO.

Prohibited Items

  • Other than water, outside food or drink is not allowed unless for medical purposes.
  • All bags and containers of any type are subject to security inspection.


The museum is accessible to visitors with mobility impairments. Accessible elevators, lifts, restrooms, parking, wheelchairs, and ramps are available.

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Cincinnati,OH45202United States
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