Material Stories: Hair (Virtual panel)

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 12 – 1 pm

University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood
Chicago, IL 60637

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Composed of human hair sourced from around the world, gu wenda’s united nations: american code is a monument to a utopian ideal of peaceful human coexistence. 

Join Lori Tharps, author of Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America, and the members of multidisciplinary artist group HAIR CLUB, for a conversation about hair as a material carrier of identity and social meaning. The conversation will take gu wenda’s work in The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China as a starting point, while also touching upon the status of hair in our current circumstances, both through a consideration of the meaningful social ramifications of the crisis, and through a lighthearted look at how our hair care has changed in isolation.