The History and Art of Black Hair


This book is not yet published, but will be available from January 2021.

ISBN: 9783777435541 Category:

Kent State University Museum


TEXTURES synthesises research in history, fashion, art, and visual culture to reassess the “hair story” of peoples of African descent. A fraught topic for African-Americans and others in the Diaspora, artists, barbers, and activists address the topic of Black hair,both the historical perceptions and its ramifications for self and society today.

TEXTURES explores the breadth of Black artists’ perspectives on hair vis-à-vis beauty, pride, and politics. Barbers and activists address Black hair, from historical perceptions to its challenges today. Combs, products, and implements from the collection of hair pioneer Willie Morrow are paired with masterworks from artists like David Hammons, Sonya Clark, Lorna Simpson, Mickalene Thomas, and Alison Saar. The exhibition & catalogue are inspired by Drs. Ellington and Underwood who research preferential treatment of straight hair, the social hierarchies of skin, and the power and politics of display.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 22.9 x 30.5 cm
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 1 January 2021
Number of pages 300
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Tameka Ellington and Joseph L. Underwood
Dimensions 22.9 x 30.5 cm
Weight 300 g