Friday, March 15 at 7:00pm
Join us to hear author Joanna Frueh and photographer Frances Murray, creators of Unapologetic Beauty (UMN, $24.95). This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Creative Photography.
Unapologetic Beauty is a powerful collection of prose and photography that reimagines female beauty. Artist, writer, and scholar Joanna Frueh scrutinizes ideals of beauty and sensuality, often motivated by her experiences with breast cancer. Award-winning photographer Frances Murray, her friend and collaborator for more than thirty years, documents Frueh’s journey of unapologetic beauty in a series of intimate, dazzlingly original photographs before and after her bilateral mastectomy and chemotherapy.
Joanna Frueh is a writer, performance artist, scholar, art critic and historian, and teacher whose work expands into photographic, video, and audio pieces. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art in 2008. She has performed and lectured in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom and is professor emeritus of art history at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her other works include The Glamour of Being Real and A Short Story about a Big Healing, among others.
Frances Murray, a veteran fine arts photographer, has had work featured in the collections of several U.S. museums. She has received several major awards including a National Endowment for the Visual Arts grant and a National Endowment for the Arts U.S./Japan Exchange Fellowship.
"Unapologetic Beauty is a downright necessary meditation on women’s wisdom and beauty in aging. Joanna Frueh and Frances Murray— in writing and image— call out the fact that our ‘hyperbeauty’ culture relies on stereotypical ‘taboos’ to make individuals unique or edgy, when we must rather recognize that ‘real flesh, real love: they are the taboos.’ And the world needs more of both."—Maria Elena Buszek, University of Colorado, Denver