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Chie Fueki, Super, 2004, acrylic, ink, graphite and glitter on paper on board, courtesy of Shoshana Wayne Gallery
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The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College’s latest exhibition, "FLEX," opens tomorrow.

"FLEX" continues the Tang’s tradition of faculty-curated exhibitions. It brings together contemporary and historical art and material culture to consider how classical ideals, muscular physiques and heroic images intersect, and how muscled bodies represent changing notions of bravery, beauty, and health.

The exhibition will feature plaster casts of ancient sculptures juxtaposed with comic books, superhero figurines, bodybuilder photographs, and work by contemporary artists such as Nick Cave, Lucy Kim, Nancy Spero, and Andres Serrano.

Tonight in conjunction with the exhibition, the Tang’s Dunkerley Dialogue series features exhibiting artist Andres Serrano in conversation with Skidmore Professor of photography Robert ParkeHarrison.

We are joined by Ian Berry, the Dayton Director of the Tang, and two Skidmore College faculty members who co-curated "FLEX:" Dan Curley, of the Classics Department, and Gregory Spinner, of the Religious Studies Department.

Banner photo for "Broken in Still Beautiful" photo exhibition
Charise Isis

The Grace Project is an empowering photographic project by fine art photographer Charise Isis that captures the courage beauty and grace of those who have had mastectomy surgery as a result of breast cancer.

The very act of standing in front of a camera revealing their scars, allows each of her subjects a transformative experience, giving them permission to step into self acceptance and the opportunity to share the story of the scars that have been written on their body.

The ultimate goal of the Grace project is to photograph 800 portraits, the approximate number of new breast cancer diagnosis in the U.S. every day. Thus far, Charise has photographed well over 400 portraits towards this goal.

The Grace Project exhibition “Broken is Still Beautiful” will be on display at the Idea Garden in Kingston, New York on weekends this month. The opening reception is tomorrow evening.

David Thomson is the author of "The Biographical Dictionary of Film," "Moments That Made the Movies," and the pioneering novel "Suspects," which was peopled with characters from film. His new book is "Sleeping with Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire."

Film can make us want things we can not have. But, while sometimes rapturous, the interaction of onscreen beauty and private desire speaks to a crisis in American culture, one that pits delusions of male supremacy against feminist awakening and the spirit of gay resistance. Combining criticism, his encyclopedic knowledge of film history, and memoir, David Thomson examines how film has found the fault lines in traditional masculinity and helped to point the way past it toward a more nuanced understanding of what it means to be a person desiring others.

Author Mara Altman's volatile and apprehensive relationship with her body has led her to wonder about a lot of stuff over the years. Like, who decided that women shouldn't have body hair? And how sweaty is too sweaty? These questions and others like them have led to the comforting and sometimes smelly revelations that constitute the new book, “Gross Anatomy: Dispatches from the Front (and Back.)”

The book is an examination of the female body, from the tip of the hairiest chin to the bottom of the, well, bottom. Mara mixes memoir with reporting to shed light on some of society’s most taboo topics. In her essay collection, Altman turns her unflinching gaze from the mirror to society at large, revealing what today’s beauty obsessions might say about oneself and the world.

Tyra Banks is many things: a world-famous supermodel, the creator, executive producer, and host of longest-running fashion-reality show "America’s Next Top Model," and Emmy-winning talk show, "The Tyra Show," to name just a few.

In her new book, co-written with her mother, "Perfect Is Boring: 10 Things My Crazy, Fierce Mama Taught Me About Beauty, Booty, and Being a Boss," the mother-daughter duo recall the signature mix of pep talks and tough love that shaped Tyra and helped her become the beloved mogul she is today.