Join the Museum for an opening reception of the exhibition "Don't Touch My Hair: Expressions of Identity and Community."
Organized by University of Oregon graduate and guest curator Meredith Lancaster, this exhibition investigates the politics of hair, racialized beauty standards, hair rituals, and the differences in expectations between men and women with regard to hair. This exhibit is especially relevant in the current politically and culturally charged climate, issues of access, equity and inclusion. Don’t Touch My Hair explores how beauty is defined and represented within and outside one’s community. Lancaster and a team of student collaborators invite students and student groups across the UO campus to participate in conversations about hair, both seen and unseen, as a site of resistance and affirmation. Students will be self-selected during open forums for photographic portraits. Next to the portraits will be the sitters’ personal hair stories. Expressions of Identity and Community is generously funded by the University of Oregon Division of Equity and Inclusion.