What’s new at Mu? The exhibition presents the art, the history of black hair

The Fred F. Silk Community Hall Gallery at the Massillon Museum will exhibit The Art and History of Black Hair: Through the Eyes of the 21st Century African-American Child through March 23. Admission to the museum is free and everyone is welcome.

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The Art and History of Black Hair offers a visual conversation about the history and centrality of black hair within black communities, as articulated through the lens of 20 student photographers, ages 10-14 , Stark, Summit, Portage and Medina counties. Inspired by the CROWN Act, the exhibit showcases the personal experiences, relationships, and natural hair journeys of student photographers and offers viewers a unique perspective on America’s black youth.

In the tradition of Gordon Parks, the students used photography to artistically illustrate the subject of black hair as they documented African American life in northeast Ohio. The global collection of images provides a powerful statement about what students find beautiful and what they would like to change in the perception, representation and response of the world to black hair as a civil right, political statement and cultural symbol. .

Production of this exhibit was made possible through a grant from the Aultman Health Foundation. The Massillon Museum receives operational support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark and marketing support from Visit Canton. This project is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Why should you attend

Visitors can also enjoy the Circus Immel; Alex Vlasov: I promise to do a fabulous PTG tomorrow; Tiger Legacy: The Story Continues; the Paul Brown/Massillon Tiger timeline; Spotlight on the collection: Faces of the Massillon company; the local history gallery; the Albert E. Hise Gallery of Fine and Decorative Arts; and the Art Education Finalists of the Year Exhibition.


WHAT – The Art and History of Black Hair: Through the Eyes of the 21st Century African-American Child

WHEN – Until March 23

OR – Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way East, Massillon

CONTINUED – massillonmuseum.org or 330-833-4061

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