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Whether it’s in the chair at the salon or the chair in the family room, hair is a method by which Black women, girls, and femmes care for one another. Fingers weaving strands of hair carry sound advice, juicy gossip, news, and history. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s ARTLAB and Hierarchy Creative Intelligence Agency presents The Salon, an immersive installation that invites guests to experience the Black hair salon and learn more about the significance of Black hair in the District from the perspectives of young girls of color.
The evening features a short film series on Black hair by ARTLAB teens, pop-up art installations, live performance from renowned artist Crowezilla, a panel discussion featuring prominent figures from D.C.’s Black hair scene, and much more! Guests will have the opportunity to share and experience live playback of their personal hair stories with the interactive theatre company, Verbal Gymnastics. There will also be music from 93.9 WKYS’s Little Bacon Bear and a special appearance by journalist, author and great-great granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker, A’Lelia Bundles.
The showcase is proudly brought to you by the collaborative efforts of Hirshhorn’s ARTLAB and The HRCHY. This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.
We want to thank our partners and contributors for making this event possible: George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, Froetry, Design Essentials, Taliah Waajid Natural Hair, Thank God it’s Natural, and Nubian Hueman.