Roots Run Deep: A Contemporary Survey of African American Hair Culture

Curated by Tara Fay

About the Exhibition:

Featuring the work of 16 Black artists, stylists, and cultural producers, Roots Run Deep looks at the ways in which Black hairstyles are tied to tradition and examines the historic influence of the past on modern styling practices today. Through photography, sculpture, and mixed media works, artists demonstrate how hair is used as a medium to articulate our creativity across the diaspora. On view at the Brew House Association January 22 – March 6, 2021.

Featured artists include Nakeya Brown, Jordan Coyne, Kenyatta Crisp, Nick Drain, Quinn Hunter, Mia Marshall, Dom McDuffie, Evangeline Mensah-Agyekum, Brianna Mims, Steven Montinar, Ayanna Nayo, Sharon Norwood, Mathias Rushin, Sharrell Rushin, Dominique Scaife, and Shori Sims.

About the curator:

Tara Fay is a Pittsburgh-based independent curator, producer, and artist. Her curatorial practice is centered on collaboration, and creating space for underrepresented artists. She has worked with, and curated exhibitions for various cultural institutions, including Gallery One, the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Phosphor Project Space, and Bunker Projects, where she serves as a board member and artist relations coordinator. She is a member of the Carnegie Art Associates, and the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. Her current body of work is inspired by identity, reclamation of space, and the idea that everyday existence is performative. She is a mother of 2, a native of Buffalo, NY, and a sneaker and streetwear enthusiast.

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