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Origins of the Afro Comb:
6,000 years of culture, politics and identity
2 July – 3 November: Fitzwilliam Museum
2 July - 28 September: Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
Origins of the Afro Comb invites you to discover the 6,000-year history of the Afro Comb, its extraordinary impact on cultures worldwide, and community stories relating to hair today.
At the Fitzwilliam Museum see beautiful material culture from pre-dynastic Egypt to present day and explore a digital interaction gallery featuring projections of personal stories about combs and African type hair. Over at the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology experience three contemporary art installations that bring to life the ‘Cottage Salon’ in the home, The Barber Shop and The Hairdressing Salon; explaining black hair culture, styling and politics as we know it today. A special series of events have been programmed to complement the exhibition. July activities, as below:
Natural hair past & present
Sat 6 July: 14.00 – 16.00, Fitzwilliam Museum
With Sandra Gittens (Author and Lecturer with a specialism in African Caribbean Hair)
An introduction to Origins of the Afro Comb exhibition
Wed 10 July: 13.15 – 14.00, Fitzwilliam Museum
With exhibition curator Sally-Ann Ashton (Assistant Keeper of Antiquities)
Afro picks and hot iron combs modern black hair styling
Sat 13 July: 14.00 – 16.00, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
With Michael McMillan (Freelance Writer, Artist and Curator)
Object handling sessions (free)
Sat 13 July: 14.00 – 16.00, Fitzwilliam Museum
Thu 18 July: 14.00 – 16.00, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
Hair braiding demo (free)
Tue 16 July: 14.00 – 16.00, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
Black Hair Stories
Sat 20 July: 14.00 – 16.00 (18+), Fitzwilliam Museum
Hear a selection of personal audio recordings about black hair and join discussions on topics such as: my first hair style, bad hair days and geri-curl nightmares. Free. More info and how to book
How to Braid Hair
Sat 27 July: 14.00 – 16.00 (18+), Fitzwilliam Museum
Learn hair braiding and cornrow techniques.
£5 per person. More info and how to book
Bring your own comb!
Tue 30 July: 10.30 – 12.30 (Ages 5-7), Fitzwilliam Museum
Bring your own comb, then join us for a hunt around the exhibition and learn fascinating facts. Free. More info and how to book
African comb workshop
Tue 30 July: 13.30 – 16.45 (Ages 8-11), Fitzwilliam Museum
Discover 6,000 years of little-known art & culture through the beautiful combs on display in the exhibition, followed by a practical hands-on activity. Free. More info and how to book
ALSO ON SHOW
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Fashioning Switzerland: Portraits and landscapes by Markus Dinkel and his contemporaries
4 June – 15 September
An exhibition of Swiss watercolours and prints featuring a rare selection of finely drawn and coloured portraits of Swiss women in regional costume, by the Bernese artist Markus Dinkel (1762-1832). These are accompanied by other artists’ picturesque views of the Swiss landscape, largely etched and each one delicately hand finished in watercolours.
Sat 13 July: 10.00 – 16.00
John Lewis, Cambridge
See the Fitzwilliam Museum’s painting of Le Repas by Pierre Bonnard come to life in an art recreation in John Lewis, Cambridge, using the department store’s products for props. Watch the moment captured on canvas by local artist, Stuart Catterson and be in with a chance of winning some of the props.
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Movement and mark making
Sat 20 July: 10.30 – 12.30 (Ages 8+)
Create large experimental drawings exploring the physical and mental connection between movement and mark making.
£5 per child. More info and how to book
Talks take place at 13.15, unless otherwise stated. For more information and locations visit our website
Display, piety and dedication: the re-use of coins in later medieval England
Wed 3 July
Richard Kelleher, Assistant Keeper Coins and Medals.
Tue 16 July
Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art
Myths and realities of food consumption and cuisine in Ancient Greece
Wed 17 July
Anastasia Christophilopoulou, Outreach Officer Greece and Rome
The stone of heaven: the scientific study of ancient Chinese jades
Wed 24 July
Dr. Rong Wang, Fudan University, Shanghai
John Smart Senior’s miniature self-portrait on loan to the Fitzwilliam Museum
Wed 31 July
Amy Marquis, Study Room Invigilator (Paintings, Drawings & Prints)
Booking Essential. To register your interest please contact 01223 332904 or email: email@example.com Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.
Curiouser and curiouser!
Fri 5 July: 10.30 – 13.00
Have you ever opened any of the little drawers in Gallery 27? Walked straight through Gallery 23? Or wondered what's under the covers in Gallery 15? In this workshop make your own bespoke sketchbook, then use it in the Museum to explore and draw with a variety of materials. Also benefit from art tutoring and the opportunity to discuss ideas with like minded folk.
£30 (£25 concessions) per person.
Fri 19 July: 10.15 – 12.00
Become more confident with your drawing skills and discover new ways of working at this art workshop. Please note: places are limited to 15 and booking for each session opens on the first day of that month.
£5 per person.
Enjoy free classical concerts in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3 at 13.15.
Seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Voluntary collection after the concert. Programme subject to change.
Cambridge Summer Music Festival concert
Sun 21 July
Anna Hashimoto (clarinet), Chikako Kondo (clarinet) and Daniel King Smith (piano) perform pieces by Mendelssohn, Poulenc's Sonata for Two Clarinets, and Ponchielli's fantastic 'Il Convegno'.
Cambridge Summer Music Festival concert
Sun 28 July
Anthony Brown (saxophone) and Leo Nicholson (piano) perform Ravel Sonatine, Piazzolla from Histoire du Tango and I Bordel 1900, Ibert Histoires and Dubois Le Lievre et la Tortue.
Curate the world’s largest art show
This summer Art Everywhere will flood the UK in art by converting thousands of billboards into British masterpieces. But first you have been invited to help decide which works go on display. From Millias’ tragically serene Ophelia and Hepworth’s oceanic Pelagos to Bacon’s terrifying Head VI and Caulfield’s iconic After Lunch, there’s over 600 years of British art to choose from. Have your say and help choose the final 50 to go on display. The more donations Art Everywhere receives the bigger the art show, so please support this exciting project now.
THE FITZ RECOMMENDS
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Collecting Gauguin: Samuel Courtauld in the '20s
20 June – 8 September
The Courtauld Gallery, London
A special summer display offering a fascinating insight into the development of Gauguin’s reputation in the UK, which brings together Courtauld's significant collection of works by the Post-Impressionist artist. More info and how to book
General admission to the Fitzwilliam Museum is FREE
For full details of all events and workshops, visit our website at www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk
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Banner: combs from Origins of the Afro Comb exhibition
1. Bamboo, midribs of palm leaf, glass beads and cotton thread hair comb, date unknown, from Malawi by a Yao artist © Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
2. Balthasar Anton Dunker after Johann Ludwig Aberli, Vue de Lausanne, 1773-4 (detail). Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
3. Recreation of Pierre Bonnard's Le Repas, photograph courtesy of Keith Heppell
4. Hand drawing © www.flixelpix.com (Flickr Creative Commons)
5. Jade standing figure, 1900-1940. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
6. Gallery 7, Italian Art 16th-18th century. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
7. Drawing © joyfulseeker (Flickr Creative Commons)
8. Anthony Brown © Cambridge Summer Music Festival
9. Art Everywhere image © The Art Fund
10. Paul Gauguin, Te Rerioa, 1897 (detail) © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London