Expanding the Pantheon: Women R Beautiful

For the last two decades, Ruben Natal-San Miguel has been challenging the expectations of who gets memorialized and celebrated in our art spaces. His portrait Mama (Beautiful Skin) has been one of the most impactful photographs in the Mint galleries in recent years. The woman—arms crossed, shoulders back—stares at us, the viewer, with confrontation that may outshine her own confidence. The bold red backdrop—a van, with slight reflections in the refulgent surface—highlights not only her stalwart posture, but also, her skin, an effect of vitiligo. The details—her skin, her cornrows, the white Tshirt, even the red van—are not elements often seen in an art gallery or museum. This is Natal-San Miguel’s mission: to introduce a new range of venerated beauty for our consideration.


Mary C. Curtis Featured in ‘Women R Beautiful’ Exhibit at Mint Museum

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – WCCB Charlotte Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis is featured in the Mint Museum’s first online exhibition.

“Expanding the Pantheon: Women R Beautiful” is a collection of 26 photographs from Ruben NatalSan Miguel’s Spring 2020 exhibition at Postmasters Gallery in New York City.

The photographer provides a portrait of femininity among all body types, ages, skin tones, and definitions.

Click here to see the virtual exhibit.