Dangerous Beauty


In the wake of Madrid’s fashion week controversial ban on underweight models, and the recent publicized death from anorexia of a Latin American model, the fashion industry and the media went into a short lived frenzy of self reflection asking, what is too thin?

The Chelsea Museum has created an exhibition, Dangerous Beauty, that investigates and challenges society’s ideal of beauty and the designer body created and supported by mass consumerism. Many of the artists selected capture the anxiety of this beauty-centered society and raise questions on the human impact of living in the glare of images that, without manipulation, may have no human incarnation. The exhibition aims to raise questions about the mass ideology of beauty and explore the connections between beauty and violence, the phobia of aging, issues of self-perception and the element of power inherent in an “ideal.”

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Nelly Agassi, Beth B, Nicola Costantino, Jacob Dahlgren, Davis and Davis, E V Day, Martin C.De Waal, Daniella Dooling, Ruud Van Empel, Sylvie Fleury, Lauren Greenfield, Margi Geerlinks, Kirsten Geisler, Micha Klein, Paul Knight, Barbara Kruger, Rachael Lachowitz, Assi Meshullam, Marilyn Minter, Joshua Neustein, Erwin Olaf, Orlan, Patricia Piccinini, Tom Sanford, Gae Savannah, Joan Semmel and Joseph Stashkevetch.

Chelsea Art Museum
Home of the Miotte Foundation
556 West Street
(At 11th Avenue)
New York, NY 10011

3 responses to “Dangerous Beauty”

  1. Weight Master says:

    I also heard on the radio this morning that a study was done and found that fashion models were significantly less happy than others. One of the contributing factors listed in the study was the fact that they are judged so much on their weight.

  2. Tina says:

    I completely agree – models these days are absolutely disgusting. What happened to the old days where normal-sized people were considered beautiful?

    At any rate, I find myself on a constant journey to lose weight – my most recent venture is to upload my picture to a weight loss site called weightview – I know that it’s cheesy, but it edits my picture and sends one back to me that shows myself 20 pounds thinner… I like to think of it as healthy motivation to lose weight the RIGHT way.

    Any other ideas from anyone?

  3. annalaura brown says:

    wow this is an interesting concept. I had never thought of this before.

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