Simpson was the Walker's Visual Artist-in-Residence in 1997-1998, during which time she made the film Recollection.
This artwork is on view in the Walker exhibition Recollection: Lorna Simpson (March 25–July 18, 2010).
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.