Performance: 'Hairdressers Are My Heroes' by Artist Sonya Clark POSTPONED

Event Details

February 7, 2018
5:00 pm-7:00 pm

University Museum of Contemporary Art

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Betsey Wolfson

This event has been postponed.

Witness an ancient African hairstyle from a sculpture in the exhibition  Five Takes on African Art / 42 Paintings by Fred Wilson, recreated by the hands of stylist Kamala Bhagat on the head of artist Sonya Clark. Clark’s work often features hair and combs to speak meaningfully about cultural heritage, gender, beauty standards, race and identity.

The performance of "Hairdressers Are My Heroes" celebrates artists across time — from the original hairdresser who created the style to the sculptor who created the piece to the contemporary hair stylist to Sonya Clark herself. "Hairdressers Are My Heroes" addresses themes of artistic interpretation, anonymity and value, performative action and social practice. The piece embraces hairdressers as artists and collapses the cultural space between hair salon and art museum.

Throughout the event, Clark and Bhagat will be in dialogue with each other and with the audience. Come for five minutes, or stay for the full two hours to see the hairstyle come to life. 

Reception afterward in the Fine Arts Center lobby.


The University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) is located on the lower of the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center. Directions to the Fine Arts Center

Event Category

Art Lecture/Talk