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Dave Ray. Photo: Star

Hair Wars began as an informal stage show in Detroit nightclubs, used as a quirky marketing tool for hair stylists in the mid 1980s. The showcase has since toured to nearly 20 cities, gaining international recognition and becoming a major platform for emerging and established stylists across the country.

Beginning at 6:05 p.m.—Hair Wars’ regular start time—VW Sunday Sessions presents a showcase of fantasy hair pieces created by an intergenerational group of artists and hair entertainers that stretch and blur the boundaries of fashion, humor, performance, sculpture, and spectacle. Participants selected in collaboration with David “Hump the Grinder” Humphries (founder of Hair Wars) include Dave Ray “The Beauty Surgeon,” Wishbone, Keith Matthews, and Joanne Petit-Frere. A selection of archival video from 1985 to the present will be shown throughout the day.

Tickets: $15 (MoMA Members $13)
Ticket also grants admission to Leilah Weinraub, SHAKEDOWN at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions performance series welcomes visitors to experience and participate in live art. Since its founding in 1976, MoMA PS1 has offered audiences one of the most extensive programs of live performance in the world. VW Sunday Sessions highlights artists responding to contemporary social and political issues through a wide variety of creative and critical lenses. Encompassing performance, music, dance, conversation, and film, the series develops and presents projects by established and emerging artists, scholars, activists, and other cultural instigators. With a focus on artists that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, VW Sunday Sessions embraces the communities in New York City that create and sustain artistic practice.

Since 2012, VW Sunday Sessions has presented a commissioning program resulting in new work by Trajal Harrell, Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof, Tobias Madison and Matthew Lutz Kinoy, Hannah Black, and Colin Self. Additionally, the VW Dome Artist Residency offers a platform for creative development and experimentation for artists at all stages of the creative process.

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This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions.