Hanging with RVA beauty at VMFA ‘Posing Beauty’ walk through

Posted at 2:51 PM, May 16, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. ( – This week I was honored to join some old friends and meet some new ones during a walk through of Posing Beauty in African American Culture, the new exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA).

The walk through was designated for fashion and style influencers in RVA.

That’s right family – I’m pretty much the Andre Leon Talley of RVA. Well, not really me, but there were definitely some RVA-style legends in the building.

The walk through was led by curator Sarah Eckhardt. And once Sarah invited the group to comment on the art, style, and fashion in Posing Beauty, it was on.

I highly recommend that you view the exhibition with a friend or a group of friends because discussing the art, fashion, culture, spirit, and context of Posing Beauty could be overwhelming for just one person.

It’s a group activity because the images bring out emotion and discussion.

According to the exhibition summary:  “Posing Beauty explores contemporary understandings of beauty by framing the notion of aesthetics, race, class, and gender within art, popular culture, and political contexts. Drawn from both public and private collections, Posing Beauty features approximately 90 works by artists such as Carrie Mae Weems, Charles “Teenie” Harris, Eve Arnold, Sheila Pree Bright, Leonard Freed, Renee Cox, Anthony Barboza, Bruce Davidson, Mickalene Thomas, and Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe.”

While the exhibition is amazing, – I repeat the exhibition is amazing –  I was equally fascinated with the style and swag of the people invited to attend the walk through.

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