March 4: 'Beauty Shop' speaker

Brooklyn artist Aisha Cousins to speak in 'Beauty Shop' series

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11:45 a.m., March 4, 2014--Aisha Cousins, a Brooklyn-based artist who writes performance art scores, will speak at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, in 130 Smith Hall on the University of Delaware campus in Newark. 

Cousins’ work engages black audiences from different backgrounds in exploring their ideas about beauty and processing the changes taking place in their worlds. 

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Her interactive, public performance art scores have been performed on the streets of historically black neighborhoods from BedStuy (Brooklyn) to Brixton (London), as well as inside institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Houston’s Project Row Houses, the Kitchen and MoMA PS1.

Colette Gaiter, associate professor of art, Tiffany Gill, associate professor of Black American studies, and the Beauty Shop Project team have brought Cousins to UD through an Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center (IHRC) grant.

The goal of the Beauty Shop Project is to research how popular communal spaces like black beauty shops can be locations of creativity and imagination directed toward improving quality of life. Long-term goals include promoting better health and practical life skills, proactive citizenship, and stronger communities.

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