Hair Apparent

May 30 - July 14, 2013 Opening Reception, Sunday, June 2, 4 - 6 pm (free) Hair-Centric Events, Sunday, June 16, noon - 4 pm (free)

Three works from Hair Apparent, Athenaeum *No Me Without You* (left) Emilia Olsen and Sara Winston, photography;* Composition 337*, (center) Dagmara Weinberg, photography and image manipulation; * ** Sauvage*, (right) Kate Kretz, human hair embroidery on hair

*Hair Apparent* is a multimedia exhibit including sculpture, photography, assemblage, and performance. The show explores artists' relationships with hair referencing cultural perception, myth, ritual, and memory - and reflections on a private asset as a public statement.

Represented in *Hair Apparent* are Holly Bass - performance Shelly Bell - spoken word poetry Emily Biondo - sculpture installation Stephanie Booth - photography, video, hair embroidery Caryl Burtner - assemblage Kate Kretz - human hair embroidery Emilia Olson - photography, works on paper Betsy Packard - sculpture, assemblage, Amber Robles-Gordon - sculpture installation, Danielle Scruggs - photography Dagmara Weinberg - photography, image manipulation, Sara Winston - photography


The opening reception on Sunday, June 2 from 4:00 to 6:00 (free) will feature an opportunity for attendees to participate in Richmond artist Caryl Burtner's work as an interactive installation.

On Sunday, June 16 from noon to 4:00 a variety of Hair-Centric Events (free) will be staged in the gallery. Holly Bass will perform Come Clean, a ritualized performance in which strangers are invited to wash the artist's hair and engage in structured dialogue. By allowing others to wash her hair, the artist evokes the relationship between mother and child, as well as ideas of culture, identity, privacy, pleasure, renewal and surrender. Shelly Bell will perform her spoken word poetry and add a tactile component to the events. And Amber Robles Gordon will invite attendees to participate in her elaborate Hair Shrine.

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We invite you to join us Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 12 to 4 pm, and Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm. The Athenaeum is closed on holidays. Admission is free.

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