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Leonard Nimoy
Goddess: An Exploration of the Divine and the Secular Forms of Beauty
Thursday, September 15th, 2011 6:30-8:00pm

Leonard Nimoy studied photography at UCLA under Robert Heinecken in the early 1970s and produced a body of work that was published in two volumes of poetry. In 2001, his artist in residence appointment at the American Academy in Rome resulted in a series of provocative images inspired by the Antonio Canova sculpture of Countess Paulina Bonaparte Borghese, whose semi-nude portrait created such a royal scandal in the 1800s that the Count had it locked away.

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Nimoy’s first photographic monograph, Shekhina, published in 2002, explored feminine power using models of the “classic” body type. His 2005 exhibition in New York City, Maximum Beauty, focused on our culture’s perception of beauty. Maximum Beauty examined female power of an altogether different variety - joyful images of large bodied women. These photographs revealed proud, self-confident ladies who were comfortable in their own skin and challenged society’s rigid definition of beauty. A collection of these images was published in book form and titled The Full Body Project.

 

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