PHOTOS: “Gloss: Modeling Beauty” exhibit at University of Michigan Museum of Art

Focusing on the prominent role of women as the subject of photography, Gloss: Modeling Beauty explores the shifting ideals of female beauty that pervade European and American visual culture from the 1920s to today. The exhibition features images of sleek and poised female models and celebrities destined for the glossy pages of fashion magazines and catalogs by leading photographers such as Edward Steichen, Philippe Halsman, Helmut Newton, Andy Warhol, and Guy Bourdin. Outside of commercial advertising practice, documentary photographers Elliott Erwitt, Joel Meyerowitz, and Ralph Gibson portray candid images of fashionable women on city streets and mannequins in shop windows, resulting in intriguing juxtapositions of haute couture and everyday life.

Visit the UMMA at 525 South State Street, Ann Arbor 48109-1354. Free admission everyday with a $10 suggested donation. For more information, go to