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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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Carrie Mae Weems and WCMA

Did you know that the Williams College Museum of Art has a long history of working with Carrie Mae Weems?

In 2000, WCMA commissioned an installation by Carrie Mae Weems titled The Hampton Project, which also featured a selection of photographs from Frances Johnston’s stunning Hampton Album of 1900 (borrowed from the Museum of Modern Art in New York). These two women, distanced by time and race, both shared a fascination with the history and legacy of the Hampton Normal…

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