Would you allow complete strangers to touch your hair? One group of Black women actually wants people to touch their hair as part of a public art exhibit taking place in Manhattan’s Union Square.
The interactive art exhibit features women of color with different hair textures who stand in Union Square holding signs that read “You can touch my hair.” The exhibit is a spawn of an article written by Antonia Oprah of the Black hair website, un-ruly.com, about people’s fascination with Black hair.
“For years Black hair has been more than just hair in American culture,” says the exhibit’s website. “It’s been a suppressed racial characteristic, a symbol of political protest and political change and most recently the cause of some very awkward and offensive situations.”
The website added that the exhibit aims to explore people’s interest in wanting to touch Black hair. Those who come are urged to take the opportunity to touch one of the Black women’s hair that are on display in the exhibit.
The free exhibit takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 6 and Saturday, June 8.