Let Your Hair Down at WAM's Doing Hair Exhibition this August

If you're having a bad hair day then make a date to go and be inspired at the Wits Art Museum later this month for DOING HAIR: Hair and art in Africa


The exhibition celebrates the creativity, individuality and innovation in hairstyling and art in South Africa and in other parts of the African continent and will open at Wits Art Museum on the 20th of August 2014. The exhibition is sponsored by Black Like Me, South Africa’s iconic hair care company.


This partnership between WAM and Black Like Me, the company that revolutionised the South African hair care industry in the 1980s, makes possible an exciting and highly topical exhibition.  The political, social, cultural and economic implications of hair and hairdressing are explored in the exhibition. It also looks at how hair communicates information about age, religious affiliation, social status, political ideologies and aspirations. Extraordinary objects that are used to protect, style and adorn hair, historical and contemporary artworks, barbershop posters, films and installations from Wits Art Museum and other public and private collections are included.


An exciting and informative programme of events will take place during the exhibition. There is no cost to visit the museum or attend any of the events, however donations are welcomed.


Adult TALKABOUTS presented by the curators and researchers involved in this exhibition will be held every 2nd and 4th   Saturday at 12h00 between August and October. A Special TALKABOUT presented by Tish White from the Wits Transformation Office takes place on the 23rd of August at 11h00.


A ‘Doing Hair’ Panel discussion will be held on Thursday the 18th of September at 17h30, hosted by the Centre for the Creative Arts of Africa (CCAA).


The ‘Doing Hair’ Family Festival on Saturday the 20th of September from 10h00-16h00 will provide a full day programme of family-orientated art events. This fun-filled day is open to all. Booking for this event is essential.

Check the website www.wits.ac.za/wam for more information. For queries or to book contact 011 717 1378 or email info.wam@wits.ac.za


You can visit the museum from Wednesday to Sunday, 10h00-16h00.

Wits Art Museum is on the Corner of Bertha Ave (extension of Jan Smuts Avenue) and Jorissen Street, Braamfontein.

Entrance to the museum and all events is free. All are welcome. Donations are always appreciated and contribute to materials for future events.


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