The Dark Side of Beauty program features a screening of the film The Illusionists, followed by a panel discussion. Though philosophical questions concerning the nature, purpose, and even possibility of beauty in our contemporary world are debatable, the effects of monolithic Western beauty and fashion ideals are not. Multi-billion dollar industries saturate our lives with images of unattainable beauty, exporting body hatred from New York to Beirut to Tokyo. The documentary film The Illusionists (52 minutes run time) examines the marketing of unattainable beauty around the world.
Panelists include Dr. Nancy Rudd, chair of the Body Image Health Task force at the Ohio State University, Dr. Jennifer Maher from Gender Studies at Indiana University, and Dr. Radhika Parameswaran, Chair of the Journalism Department at Indiana University. Panel members will explore and are known for their research and pedagogy regarding these unattainable and misleading images found in fashion media, video games, films, television and pornography and their effects on women, and increasingly, men and children as well.
The screening and panel discussion are made possible by support from the College of Arts and Sciences Themester on Beauty and the School of Art + Design Bill Blass Design Lecture Series.
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