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Hood Museum of Art
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

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Images: Hair Collection

In June 2006 the Hood organized a hair drive for Dartmouth students in Berry Library's Novack CafĂ©. More than 150 students donated hair clippings and received free haircuts provided by their peers. They also gave feedback and participated in interviews.

The driving force behind the student hair drive: back row, from left to right, Jennifer Peterson '06, Bridget Alex '08, Sophia Hutson '06, Cristina Duncan Evans '06; front row, Brittany Beth '06 and Rose McClendon '06.

A community hair drive was held in July 2006. The event, featuring free haircuts by professional stylists, took place in Baker Library's main corridor, where Wenda Gu's 13' x 40' panels will be installed.

By August 2006 more than 430 pounds of hair had been collected as the result of approximately 42,500 hair cuts. The hair was packed up by Hood preparators and shipped to Wenda Gu's studio in Shanghai.

In the spring of 2006 Hood Museum of Art staff members began collecting hair clippings from participating salons in the Upper Valley. They also organized two hair drives to educate Dartmouth students and the community about the project and collect additional hair clippings and feedback.

Wenda Gu exhibition page

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Last Updated: 5/7/07