The BMA installs up to four special exhibitions each year. These shows, which embrace a wide range of themes and academic disciplines, are intended to fulfill the BMA's commitment to examining artifacts through an array of viewpoints and differing perspectives.
Hair in the Classical World
October 7 - December 18, 2015
In most cultures hair is not worn in its natural state; it is artfully styled or dressed. Cut, combed, colored, curled, and shaped hair -- that most universal of physical features -- is also frequently adorned with implements or braids and occasionally, further embellished with pins, beads, and other decorations. This exhibition delves into this fascinating subject through a comprehensive cross-cultural examination of hair in ancient Greece, Cyprus, and Rome. Featuring artifacts from the Bronze Age to late Antiquity, Hair in the Classical World will examine how hair and its treatment were important socio-cultural signifiers in Classical Antiquity through three discrete but inter-related sections: Arrangement and Adornment, Ritual/Rites of Passage, and Divine and Royal Iconography. A scholarly symposium will complement this show.
Hair in the Classical World Symposium: Friday, November 6, 2015. 12:30-4:30. Bellarmine Hall, Fairfield University, register at www.bellarminewag.eventbrite.com
View the Symposium Program
Watch LIVE streaming of the Symposium, November 6 from 12:30-4:30, here.
Click here to read an article in the Greek News about Fairfield University, The Bellarmine Museum of Art, and their relationship to the Greek-American community.
Click here to download the Cuseum app for the Hair in the Classical World exhibition, with extended label information and an audio tour of select objects.
Check the calendar for additional programming including Faculty Panels, Gallery Talk with Co-Curators, and Family Day.
Click here to watch a video tour of the exhibition with the co-curators, Dr. Katherine Schwab and Dr. Marice Rose.