Art history teacher Rob Prufer has another one of his engaging and accessible Loggia Lectures planned at Bellevue Arts Museum, inspired by the latest exhibition Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair, on view through August 14.
For fifty years, Ebony Magazine put on the annual Ebony Fashion Fair, founded by editor and publisher Eunice Johnson. Johnson brought haute-couture looks from Europe to African-American audiences across the country in accordance with the overall mission of the magazine: creating positive portrayals of black people and celebrating black community and beauty.
Prufer relates it to another important traveling show: LACMA‘s 1976 exhibition Two Centuries of Black American Art, staged in honor of the U.S. bicentennial. From BAM:
The show surveyed African-American art dating back to 1750 and featured work by sixty-three black American artists. Although the vast majority had been systematically ignored by America’s museums, the bicentennial spirit gained them access and the show traveled the country. It raised questions that were timely and unsettling. How did the public respond? What did critics write? This Loggia lecture will engage with many of the works and use the show as a lens into America’s racial and cultural history.
The Loggia Lectures at BAM are open to the public. There is a suggested $5 donation, which includes access to the galleries until 7pm. “Gaining Access to America’s Galleries: The Remarkable 1976 Traveling Exhibition Two Centuries of Black American Art” begins at 7pm on Tuesday, May 31. Read more and RSVP online.
The Loggia Lecture for Inspiring Beauty with Rob Prufer at BAM
When: Tuesday, May 31 at 7pm
Where: Bellevue Arts Museum (510 Bellevue Way NE)