Best Of 2017

Best Exhibition Triad

photo of Pat Evans by Anthony Barboza, from 'Posing Beauty'

AfroFantastic and The Black Figure in the European Imaginary

Cornell Museum of Fine Art, cfam.rollins.edu

Posing Beauty

Snap! Space and Snap! Downtown, snaporlando.com

Museum life in Orlando began 2017 with an unparalleled triple whammy against the status quo, inspiring a reappraisal of the white gaze and a centering of blackness. The historic documentation of Cornell Fine Arts Museum's The Black Figure in the European Imaginary, installed side-by-side with the modern and futuristic AfroFantastic: Black Imagination and Agency in the American Experience, as well as Snap! Orlando's trove of portraits Posing Beauty in African American Culture, drew a representational beeline from the lens of white perception to empowerment through self-portrayal, then fantastically on to magical ideals entirely independent of whiteness.