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Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 01/17/2012

African American beauty, culture and family from Deborah Willis

In her career as photographer and scholar, Deborah Willis has examined the images of African Americans in photography and distilled how those images have affected identity.

Willis, the chair of the photography and imaging department at New York University, will talk about her research Wednesday at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The 4 p.m. lecture is part of a series sponsored by the National Women’s History Museum and the center. She is the editor of “Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present.”
Basketball and Chain by Hank Willis Thomas (Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami)

Also in February Willis and her son, Hank Willis Thomas, are the subject of an exhibition at George Mason University.

“Progeny,” first mounted at Columbia University in 2009, is a collaboration with Thomas, whose work was recently exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. He also examines cultural identity in advertising and other expressions.

The show will be open Feb. 1-29 in the university’s Fine Art Gallery at the Fairfax campus.

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