Salon Style
Mar 26, 2015 - Jun 28, 2015
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  • Meschac Gaba

    Lipstick Building, 2004

    Braided artificial hair and mixed media, wood on pedestal, artificial hair, coins

    34 × 9 × 9 in.

    The Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum purchase made possible by gifts from Anne Enhrenkranz, New York and Nancy Lane, New York

    Photo: Marc Bernier

  • Chakaia Booker

    Repugnant Rapunzel (let down your hair), 1995

    Rubber tires, metal and wood

    59 × 24 × 24 in.

    The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of Friends and Family of Chakaia Booker

  • J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere

    Ogun Pari, 2000

    Gelatin silver print

    24 × 20 in.

    The Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum purchase with funds provided by the Acquisition Committee

Hair and nails are universal sites of expression, sites where one’s identity and personhood can be asserted, however temporarily. Through an interdisciplinary examination, Salon Style looks at artists that use hair and fingernails as subjects or media in order to explore the complexities of identity, and issues such as gender, politics and consumerism. As a way to actively merge the seemingly superficial with the world of high art, the exhibition title takes on two meanings; it references both the fashions that emerge from beauty parlors and an art historical term for the exhibition of a large number of works stacked upon each other in a limited space.

Salon Style explores the use of hair and nails as fluid sites of identity and self-expression through work primarily drawn from the Studio Museum’s permanent collection. The collection contains almost two thousand works of art, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, installation and performance.

Salon Style is organized by Hallie Ringle, Senior Curatorial Assistant.