Meredith Lancaster curated an art exhibition “Don’t Touch My Hair: Expressions of Identity and Community" in 2018. The show explored how beauty is defined and represented within and outside one’s community.
At Peninsula College’s June 10 Studium Generale event, she will reflect on the exhibit, and engage in a Q and A and conversation with guests.
Organized by University of Oregon graduate and guest curator Lancaster, the exhibition investigated the politics of hair, racialized beauty standards, hair rituals, and the differences in expectations between men and women with regard to hair. Especially relevant in the current politically and culturally charged climate, and relevant to issues of access, equity and inclusion, “Don’t Touch My Hair” explored how beauty is defined and represented within and outside one’s community. Lancaster and a team of student collaborators invited students and student groups across the University of Oregon campus to participate in conversations about hair, both seen and unseen, as a site of resistance and affirmation.
Lancaster is a Southern California native who was raised by both the city of Los Angeles and the city of Chicago. She has a background in both art history and exhibition design. Her curatorial values focus on diversity, accessibility, and inclusion, particularly for people of color and women. She has held various positions at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, Oregon including Manager of Museum Studio and Special Projects and Assistant Curator. Her 2018 exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer titled, “Don’t Touch My Hair: Expressions of Identity and Community” explored through words and photographic images how hair upholds and questions our sense of otherness and autonomy. Currently, she is working as a freelance curator in Los Angeles and developing exhibitions with local artists while also earning a second master’s degree in library and information sciences.
This Studium Generale is co-sponsored by ʔaʔk̓ʷustəƞáwt̓xʷ House of Learning, PC Longhouse.
Join the presentation using the following Zoom link https://pencol-edu.zoom.us/j/89616075652. Meeting ID: 896 1607 5652.