by Shin Yu PaiI thought the show should be called Hey, Good Looking, but the marketing team for the the Wing Luke Museum voted in favor of the more lyric Where Beauty Lies.
We are rarely taught to question the “all-American beauty” ideals, or the Western beauty standards that celebrate whiteness alone.
One of the more innovative decisions of the exhibition designers of Where Beauty Lies was to adapt an ordinary hair-drying station taken from a beauty salon into an audio installation.
Further along into the galleries, I wrote this text to grace the walls:Feminine beauty ideology puts forth the importance of physical attractiveness and venerates standards of unattainable beauty.
Without the mirror of the mother, our first model of femininity and beauty, we reach into our consciousness to examine where our early beliefs about beauty come from.