In Defense Of A Hairdo

Muriel Magenta

1984, 08:28 minutes, colour, English


In Defense of a Hairdo monumentalizes the elegance and universal importance of hairstyling as an art form. The central image is an enormous blonde wig, styled in an oversized pompadour and displayed on a huge wig head. This twelve foot sculpture is surrounded by a chain link fence topped with a razor ribbon roll. A pink brigade of artist/hairstylists wearing individually sculpted wigs stand guard around the fence to defend 'haute coiffure' against the enemies of art, sensitivity and culture. Unpredictible combinations of visual and audio imagery are presented in a scenario that is simultaneously experimental and surreal/dada.

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Critical Writing

Playing on the Power of Hair: Muriel Magenta at Scottsdale Center...
by Victoria Reed. Artweek, May 24, 1990, v. 21, no. 20.