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This is a new media artwork by Mala Kumar, commissioned by Museum of the Moving Image through generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts (Media Arts Program).

Makeup Used for The Cosby Show (1984-1992)


Observing a collection of makeup used for the actors on “The Cosby Show”, you may reflect on the lack of widespread availability for makeup for darker skin tones before the 1970s. Up until then, makeup shades designed for Black women were extremely limited, and even when more shades became available for darker skin tones, the combination of the difficulty of finding makeup artists experienced with working with people of color and the racial bias built into photographic technology meant that Black skin often appeared as ashy or grey on film.

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