Local hairstylists' braiding artistry is captured in a series of photographs.
Tomorrow at 5:30 p.m., 1708 Gallery
is hosting a pretty cool sounding gallery talk related to "The Hair Craft Project" — an exhibition based on the premise that hairdressing is the primordial textile art form. (Read more about the exhibition in our article "Hair Apparent."
) Henry Drewal
, the Evjue-Bascom Professor of African Art History and Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Ruti Talmor
, cultural anthropologist and professor of media studies at Pitzer College in California, will speak, and of course, you'll have a chance to check out the exhibition.
For the project, local hairdressers created signature styles, and artists from VCU's Craft/Material Studies program hand-stiched canvases with threads that simulated hair growth. Each stylist was given a canvas to showcase their vision of the artistic connection between hairdressing and textiles. The exhibition features the canvases, as well as photographs of the stylists with Craft/Material Studies chair Sonya Clark
, whose hair they braided, and includes short biographies of the stylists written by Maya Smart
— resulting in a crossing of boundaries between hair salons and art galleries — pretty neat.
If you can't make it tomorrow (March 6), you can check out the exhibit through Saturday, March 8, and you are invited to vote for your favorite hairstyle. A People's Choice Award will be presented at the end of the project.