Donate $5 to the CHROMA Guild for a chance to win!
We're excited to give away two copies of Textures: The History and Art of Black Hair.
The book coincides with an exhibit at Kent State University slated to open on September 10, 2021 and continues through August 14, 2022. Presently, the book is only available for pre-order, with a release date of October 30, 2020. All proceeds benefit Erie Arts & Culture's CHROMA Guild.
- The deadline to enter is October 30, 2020.
- You may also enter for more than one chance by making donations above $5, with every increment of $5 representing an entry.
The CHROMA Guild advances opportunities and access to resources for creative and cultural professionals of color in Northwestern Pennsylvania. The regional network builds both individual and organizational capacity by expanding equity and inclusion within the area’s cultural and creative sector.
"The book synthesizes research in history, fashion, art and visual culture to reassess the hair story of peoples of African descent. Long a fraught topic for African Americans and others in the diaspora, Black hair is here addressed by artists, barbers and activists in both its historical perceptions and its ramifications for self and society today. Curated by Dr. Tameka Ellington and Dr. Joseph Underwood for the Kent State University Museum.
Combs, products and implements from the collection of hair pioneer Willie Morrow are paired here with masterworks from artists like Sonya Clark, Lorna Simpson, Zanele Muholi and James Van Der Zee. The volume examines topics such as the preferential treatment of straight hair, the social hierarchies of skin, and the power and politics of display, Textures is a landmark exploration of Black hair and its important, complicated place in the history of African American life and culture. Essays by Tameka N. Ellington, Joseph L. Underwood, Lori L. Tharps, Ingrid Banks, Afiya Mbilishaka and Zoé Samudzi"
Included in the book are works by 44 artists, including EAC's recent visiting artist in residency, Sharon Norwood.
Artists: Hector Acebes, Derrick Adams, Karo Akpokiere, Deborah Anzinger, Keturah Ariel, April Bey, Charles Bohannah, Margaret Bowland, Nakeya Brown, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Tawny Chatmon, Sonya Clark, David Driskell, Sarah Duah, Andrew Esiebo, Joseph Eze, Amber Ford, Yrneh Gabon, Olaf Hajek, Nakazzi Hutchinson, Shara K. Johnson, Eric Lafforgue, Annie Lee, Delita Martin, Charlotte Mensah, Lebohang Motaung, Zanele Muholi, Althea Murphy-Price, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Woodrow Nash, Sharon Norwood, Glenford Nuñez, Charly Palmer, Gordon Parks, Faith Ringgold, Lezley Saar, Augusta Savage, Ngozi Schommers, Devan Shimoyama, Mary Sibande, Lorna Simpson, Nelson Stevens, Ibrahima Thiam, Kehinde Wiley.
The Crown We Wear: Black Hair as Art in Life
We invite you to view "The Crown We Wear: Black Hair as Art in Life." Florida artist Sharon Norwood participated in a conversation with master stylist, educator and author, Danielle Slade, the owner of Erie’s So Fancy Hair Salon. The moderator of this dialogue is Dr. Rhonda Matthews, Edinboro Associate Professor of Politics. Matthews is a political sociologist, with specialty areas in gender, theory and popular culture.
Norwood creates work “that challenge our passive ways of looking.” Her sculptures, drawings, ceramics, and fiber works address a specific “social, political and cultural context” while engaging issues of “race, gender, beauty and class.” Her frequent use of a curly line is sometimes “a metaphor for the black body” and other times a decorative and formal expression, simply “a beautiful mark. This event was organized by Edinboro University’s Bruce Gallery and Erie Arts & Culture.