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The Hair Salon Exhibition Opening

Thursday, February 2, 2023

6:00 pm -

The Hair Salon, led by University of Houston Interim Director of Interior Architecture Sheryl Tucker de Vazquez, explores the generative potential of natural Black hair in the conception of architecture. Like race and architecture, hair texture and its care practices are constructs that can be utilized as a means of dominance and control or as a force of resistance and liberation. As an extension of the Black body, natural Black hair remains at the center of dialogues on power, cultural value, beauty, and social standing. It is a compelling tool to engender conversations on the power of Blackness as a cultural, intellectual, and aesthetic force. The Hair Salon creates a new architectural language/syntax inspired by the material properties of natural Black hair and the rules of its hair care practices. Come see the work of architects and artists from academic institutions across the country exploring this exciting and timely topic!

This exhibition is funded by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and supported by the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design and the University of Houston African-American Studies Department.

Mashburn Gallery, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design