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Lorna Simpson, Wigs (portfolio) (1994)


Walker Art Center



Institution Walker Art Center
For the past decade, Lorna Simpson's work has explored the role of hair as a marker of social identity. The 21 lithographic images in Wigs provide a taxonomy of hairstyles signifying gender, age, and race. The felt surfaces on which these images are printed present all of the hairstyles in the same texture, emphasizing and skewing our fixation on hair texture as markers of difference. By reminding us that wigs are hair that is unattached to a body, Simpson exposes hairstyle as an alterable or removable embellishment that may distort our understanding of what is natural or desirable in the human body.
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Source: Label text for Lorna Simpson, Wigs (portfolio) (1994), from the exhibition Selections from the Permanent Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, December 8, 1996 to April 4, 1999.
Rights: Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: March 1, 2009