Focusing on the prominent role of women as the subject of photography, GLOSS: Modeling Beauty explores the shifting ideals of female beauty that pervade European and American visual culture from the 1920s to today. The exhibition features images of sleek and poised female models and celebrities destined for the glossy pages of fashion magazines, images of fashionable women on city streets and mannequins in shop windows juxtaposing haute couture and everyday life, and artists who employ the visual strategies of traditional fashion photography, while offering alternative narratives to mainstream notions of female beauty. Join UMMA docents for a lively review of these photographic strategies.
GLOSS: Modeling Beauty
Lead support for Gloss: Modeling Beauty is provided by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women and Gender.