January 19 – March 16
From January 19 – March 16, the Museum will host POSING BEAUTY IN AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE as part of our 30 year tradition of presenting art and history exhibitions in conjunction with the celebration of Black History Month.
The exhibition includes over 80 photographs dating from the 1890s through the present which explore the ways in which African American beauty has been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through photography, film, video, fashion, advertising and other forms of popular culture including music and the Internet. The images challenge idealized forms of beauty in art by examining a variety of attitudes about race, class, gender, popular culture and politics.
Posing Beauty teaches us about the historic ways photography allowed a people to change the negative image of themselves in the culture at large. It helps us to understand, as exhibition curator Dr. Deborah Willis observes, “the extent to which the medium allowed people, even in times of oppression, to experiment with varied ideas of themselves and ultimately honor how they saw themselves and wished to be seen by others.”
Programs and exhibitions to complement the exhibition will be presented by the Evansville African American Museum, the Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana and the YWCA.
This exhibition is organized by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California, and curated by Dr. Deborah Willis.
East/West/North: A Collaboration
December 15, 2013 – March 2, 2014
Presented in partnership with IVY TECH COMMMUNITY COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE, and UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN INDIANA
University art faculty collaboration marks 27th anniversary in this Old Gallery exhibition. Over 40 members of the art faculties from the eastside campus of the University of Evansville, the Westside campus of the University of Southern Indiana, and the northside campus of IVY Tech Community College join together to present their current work in this highly anticipated 27th annual collaborative exhibition.