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Wigs (portfolio)


Lorna Simpson



Institution Walker Art Center
Location Not on view.
Wigs (portfolio), Lorna Simpson
gallery view
Courtesy Walker Art Center
Lorna Simpson, Wigs (portfolio) (1994)
Lorna Simpson, Wigs (portfolio) (1994)
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Abbie Anderson  April 20, 2010

This artwork is on view in the Walker exhibition Recollection: Lorna Simpson (March 25–July 18, 2010).

WalkerResources  September 21, 2012

This artwork is on view in the Walker exhibition The Living Years: Art after 1989. The text below is the artwork's label written for that exhibition.

Lorna Simpson compiled these images printed on tactile felt as a way, she says, “to indicate the body rather than actually using the body itself.” Her photographs of 21 individual hair pieces, ranging from black and braided to blonde and wavy, offer a taxonomy of styles that suggest differences of gender, race, age, and class. Like much of Simpson’s work, the accompanying texts circle around the subjects of identification and misidentification, appearances and stereotypes.

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