The Columbus Museum is developing an exhibition for August, 2015 through January, 2016 entitled Business in the Front, Party in the Back: A Celebration of the Mullet Hairstyle in Art. Throughout time, human hair has been the focus of much interest, management, and manipulation as a reflection of one’s own identity and to emphasize one’s beauty and power. The Columbus Museum’s Business in the Front, Party in the Back: A Celebration of the Mullet Hairstyle in Art will give insight into how individuals can communicate identity through their hair. Although the term “mullet-head” was coined by Mark Twain in the 1880s and was popularized by the hip-hop band The Beastie Boys in the 1980s, the hairstyle itself dates back millennia. Included will be works from the Columbus Museum’s permanent collection: Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de Saint-Memin’s Portrait of Thomas Hillen, of 1804; Andy Warhol’s Polaroid portrait of an unknown sitter from 1972; and Mick Rock’s David Bowie, London of 1973.
I would like this exhibition to be an opportunity for our visitors to experience portraiture produced in various times and places, from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome to Renaissance Europe and America today. If you have an object in your collection that features the mullet hairstyle and you would be willing to lend it for this exhibition, please contact me.
Kristen Miller Zohn
Director of Collections and Exhibitions
The Columbus Museum
706.748.2562 ext. 320