George Inness (American, 1825–1894) Twilight, ca. 1860, oil on canvas, Williams College Museum of Art, Gift of Cyrus P. Smith, Class of 1918, in memory of his father, B. Herbert Smith, Class of 1885(79.66)_x1200
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Posing Beauty: Behind the Scenes

“How many of you have been here before?” Nine weeks into the run of the exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture, I have come to expect that at least a handful of students will raise their hand. Some have been to the show three and four times. “Don’t worry,” I say, “every tour is different.”

Posing Beauty is a large exhibition of photographs that explores issues of body image, identity, gender, and race. I have lead tours of Posing Beauty…

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