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Miss America

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"Miss America" is a studio photograph of a friend of the artist that mirrors the glamour and theatricality of beauty contests. Harris uses white face powder on his African American model, which inverts the blackface performance of minstrel shows. This work illustrates the limitations of the...

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Provenance

The artist; with Jack Tilton Gallery, New York; to MFA, Boston, 1995

Credit Line

Ellen Kelleran Gardner Fund

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.

1987–88

Dimensions

152.4 x 101.6 cm (60 x 40 in.)

Accession Number

1995.684

Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print

Collections

Contemporary Art

Classifications

Photographs