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Saturday, July 20, 2019

SOCAL | Redefining Beauty: Kwame Brathwaite and Rudi Gernreich at the Skirball Cultural Center

Start Date: 7/20/2019 12:00 PM PDT
End Date: 7/20/2019 2:00 PM PDT

Venue Name: Skirball Cultural Center

Skirball Cultural Center
Los Angeles, CA  United States  90049

Organization Name: ArtTable

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Email: programs@arttable.org
Phone: 212 343 1735

Members  I $15
Guests | $20


Join ArtTable Southern California for walk-throughs of "Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Braithwaite" and "Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich" at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Featuring over forty photographs of black women and men with natural hair and clothes that reclaimed their African roots, "Black is Beautiful," organized by the Aperture Foundation, New York, is the first major exhibition devoted to the photography of Kwame Braithwaite. Inspired by the writings of activist and Black nationalist Marcus Garvey, Braithwaite, who was born in New York in 1938, fused his love of jazz and ardent support of Pan-Africanism with the medium of photography to effect social change. Through images documenting jazz legends of the 1950s and 1960s, street photographs, and studio portraits of African American models, Brathwaite challenged mainstream beauty standards that excluded men and women of color. His work celebrated black beauty, instilled pride in the African American community, and transformed definitions of Blackness for generations to come. 

Presenting over eighty Gernreich ensembles, along with accessories, sketches, photographs, ephemera, and filmed interviews with friends and colleagues, "Fearless Fashion" offers an overview of the trailblazing work of Los Angeles fashion designer Rudi Gernreich (1922-1985). Gernreich introduced the "monokini", the thong, unisex caftans, pantsuits for women, and other progressive clothing that challenged conventional notions of beauty, identity, and gender. The exhibition examines the life experiences that inspired him--from his background as a Viennese Jew who fled the Nazi regime to his early career as a dancer to his championing of gay rights. 

Our tours will be led by Dani Killan, Exhibitions Coordinator, Skirball Cultural Center, who assisted with curating both exhibitions.

Thank you to Stacie Martinez, Sales Director and Museum Liaison, Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles.for organizing this program. 

Top: Kwame Brathwaite photograph of Sikolo Brathwaite wearing a headpiece designed by Carolee Prince. AJASS, Harlem, 1968. Courtesy of the artist and Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles.
Bottom: Model Peggy Moffitt in Rudi Gernreich's "monokini" in 1964. Photo by William Claxton.

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