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screen printed on mat in black ink, top center above photograph: FOR THE HAIR; bottom center of mat below photograph: Every moon has a meaning for the hair; / If you want your hair to grow fast, cut it on the rising moon. / If you want to have beautiful hair, cut it on the new moon. / If you wish for full, strong hair, then cut it on the full moon. / Never cut your hair on the moon’s wane. / For curly hair take a small fern and boil it in water. / When the water has cooled, wash your hair wit hit many times. / For an afro cut simply clip a lock of your hair and place it on the Saint John’s stick.


Joseph Cohen, New York; gift to NGA, 2014.

Associated Names

Cohen, Joseph

Exhibition History

In Response to Place: Photographs from the Nature Conservancy's Last Great Places, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, September 15 – December 31, 2001; Houston Museum of Science, Houston, TX, February 1 – April 28, 2002; Bellevue Art Museum, Seattle, WA, June 29 – September 3, 2002; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, August – December 2002; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, May 10 – August 3, 2003; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, January 24 – March 28, 2004; Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, OH, May 8 – June 15, 2004; Contemporary Arts Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA, July 31 – September 2004; Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI, May 13 – June 26, 2005

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