Temporary Exhibition Tours
Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power
What is beauty and how can it be powerful? Learn how a young girl from a Polish family was able to immigrate to America, reinvent herself, and build a cosmetics empire that challenged the traditional notions of beauty and identity. Students explore objects from Rubinstein’s collection of modern art and African and Oceanic sculpture, along with jewelry, miniature period rooms, and fashion, seeking to understand how one woman blurred the boundaries between commerce, art, beauty, and design. BOOK THIS PROGRAM
Helena Rubinstein with African mask, c. 1935. Helena Rubinstein Foundation archive, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, Special Collections. Photograph by George Maillard Kesslere.