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History & Hair: Lesson and Collection

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Cultures +6 Age Levels Middle School (12 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

What does your hair reveal about your identity? This guided lesson and image gallery invites students to explore their  identity and  to interrogate the role that hair plays in the presentation of self. Using artful looking techniques, students can think critically about the dynamic between the subject and the artist. 

This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2017 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute. 

#NPGTeach #Hair #History #SocialStudies #Afros #Identity 

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Solange/Columbia Records

Toni Morrison side profile

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Toni Morrison

National Portrait Gallery

Gwendolyn E. Brooks

National Portrait Gallery

Jimi Hendrix

National Portrait Gallery

Barbershop signs, Benin City, Nigeria. [slide]

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives

Portrait of a Gentleman

Smithsonian American Art Museum

John, Lord Fitzgibbon, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Woman's creative hairstyle, Lagos, Nigeria, [negative]

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives

Angela Davis

National Portrait Gallery

11. Playing samisen, tsudzumi, fuye, and taiko, [1860 - ca. 1900]. [graphic]

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Jimi Hendrix

National Portrait Gallery

Woman in Black Dress

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Pigtails [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum