Hair is simultaneously frivolous and serious, personal and universal. It’s a means to communicate complex messages to everyone we encounter. In the HairBrained exhibition, we focus on hairstyles around the world and throughout history -- and the ways in which hair defines and reflects culture, self-identity, agency, and politics -- via a selection of items from Providence Public Library’s collections: postcards, photographs, pochoir prints, magazines, historic children’s books, advertising trade cards, and more.
Inspired by images and texts in the exhibition, our series of cultural programs and educational activities for all ages explores how and why we have grown, cut, shaved, shaped, woven, adorned, and covered the hair on our heads, from centuries ago 'til today.
Items will be on exhibit in the Providence Journal Rhode Island Room on Level 1 from March - June 2018. Visit during the Library's regular open hours: https://www.provlib.org/visit-us/directions-hours/