Re: The Barbershop

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Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis says
The barbershop meets the art museum in this in-depth discussion with two established St. Louis barbers. Inspired by Hurvin Anderson’s barbershop paintings—on view at CAM—this fascinating conversation looks at the role of barbershops and beauty salons as important places for dialogue, self-expression, and community-building. View the paintings and take part in the discussion with Keith (Shack) Shackleford, owner of Shacks Barber & Beauty Salon; Rance John, owner of Rance John Styles & Barbering; CAM’s chief curator Jeffrey Uslip; and a facilitator from the Cultural Leadership non-profit.

RE: The Barbershop is inspired by Hurvin Anderson’s Peter's Series paintings, which reference the Afro-Caribbean barbershops of late 1940s Birmingham, England. These salons were created by the post-war generation of Caribbean migrants who encountered various forms of racism upon arriving to the UK in 1948, including the unwillingness of white barbers to cut their hair. In response, Afro-Caribbean communities fashioned their own improvisational barbershops by repurposing areas of private, domestic spaces. Born out of exclusion, these salons doubled as both a place for cutting hair and a site of communal discourse.

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