See the iconic images that amplified one of the most influential cultural movements of the 1960s: “Black Is Beautiful.” Featuring over forty photographs of black women and men with natural hair and clothes that reclaimed their African roots, Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite, organized by Aperture Foundation, New York, is the first-ever major exhibition dedicated to this key figure of the second Harlem Renaissance.
Few American artists have achieved the notoriety of Andy Warhol (1928–1987). His instantly recognizable paintings and serigraph prints are embedded in modern imagination. Warhol’s uncanny ability to mirror and capitalize on America’s culture of display and consumption made him one of the twentieth century’s most influential and controversial artists.
Los Angeles fashion designer Rudi Gernreich (1922–1985) introduced the topless bathing suit, the thong, unisex clothing, pantsuits for women, and enough inventive clothing to earn him a worldwide reputation. Yet Gernreich was far more than one of the most prominent fashion designers of his time—his clothing was fearless. His democratic and dynamic fashions continue to resonate today. Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich explores the visionary and progressive fashion ensembles that trespassed rigid social expectations and liberated those who wore his clothing.