As part of the Salon Time exhibition, Sonya Clark will conduct a live performance in the gallery. Translations consists of the artist reading poems by Gwendolyn Brooks, Rita Dove, Audre Lorde, and Nikki Giovanni on the subject of hair, written in Twist – a font resembling hair clippings. As Clark struggles to decipher the poems and read them, hair artist Jamilah Williams will give the artist a sculptural hairstyle based on one she wore as a child when she was learning to read. The piece is performed in a beaded barber's chair, and represents the sharing of cultural knowledge through hairdressing traditions, and the complex and fraught relations between Black women's personal and political identities.
Join us for a brunch reception preceding the performance at noon.
Made possible with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.