One model once had her hair braided into a birdcage, while another had a “hairy-copter” — a helicopter hairdo, with blades and all. These are some of the designs that have competed in Hair Wars, a showcase that began in Detroit’s nightclubs in the mid-1980s and went on to tour in cities like Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City. While the event is a great marketing opportunity for hair stylists, it is also a dazzling display of what some may call works of art.
This weekend, MoMA PS1 is putting on a Hair Wars-inspired performance for its Sunday Sessions program of live art. The event will begin at 6:05pm (the usual start time for Hair Wars parades) and includes a series of “fantasy hair pieces created by an intergenerational group of artists and hair entertainers.” Hair Wars founder David “Hump the Grinder” Humphries helped select exhibitors, including Keith Matthews, who once molded a wig into the shape of a purple turntable. Luckily, for those of us who have missed past showcases, archival videos spanning from 1985 to the present will be screening throughout the day at the museum.
When: Sunday, March 18, 6:05–
Where: MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens)
More info at MoMA PS1.