Apr 20 - Jul 14 2013
Hair: Untangling Roots of Identity

Space & Installation
April 20, 2013 - July 14, 2013
Johnson Musem
Exhibition: Hair: Untangling Roots of Identity

Looking to hair as an extension of the human body, Hair: Untangling Roots of Identity examines hair’s function as an object open to both stereotypes and self-fashioning. In addressing the value of hair in an art historical context, the exhibition showcases the geographically and chronologically diverse holdings in the Museum’s  collection, including prints, photographs, drawings, paintings, sculpture, masks, and other nontraditional “art” objects.

This exhibition focuses on the absence, excess, cutting, covering, and styling of hair as the materialization of individuality and/or conformity. It examines the histories of head, body, and facial hair to explore the religious significance of hair across cultures, the implicit gender distinctions associated with hair, and the ways in which those divisions are broken, as well as the anthropological dimensions of hair style, the concepts of purification and pollution, and the contemporary commercialization of hair and the attendant multimillion-dollar hair industry.

This exhibition was curated by the undergraduate members of Cornell’s History of Art Majors’ Society, coordinated by Elizabeth Emrich, curatorial assistant at the Johnson Museum, and funded in part by a generous gift from Betsey and Alan Harris and a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts.

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