Performance: 'Hairdressers Are My Heroes' by Sonya Clark
March 5, 2018
5:00 pm-7:00 pm
University Museum of Contemporary Art
UMass Amherst Campus
Witness an ancient African hairstyle inspired by a sculpture in the exhibit "Five Takes on African Art/42 Paintings" by Fred Wilson, recreated by stylist Kamala Bhagat on the head of artist Sonya Clark.
The performance, “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.
Sonya Clark is the 2017-18 Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Amherst College. Her work has been exhibited in more than 350 venues worldwide and is included in the permanent collection of museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, where the performance "Hairdressers Are My Heroes" made its debut.
Kamala Bhagat hails from an artistic family. As a natural hair stylist, Bhagat specializes in intricate braids. She also designs clothing.
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