(Morristown, NJ) This November, an exhibition that is sure to "grow" your appreciation of facial hair opens at the Morris Museum. Beards: The Long and Short of It will be on view from November 23, 2013 through March 30, 2014.
than 100 objects, Beards: The Long and Short of It will explore men's
facial hair trends throughout history. Through artwork and artifacts,
this engaging exhibition will take visitors back in time to investigate
the tools of the trade and consider the cultural meanings associated
with different facial hair trends.
Originated by the Morris
Museum, the exhibition will include photographs by contemporary artists
Matt Rainwaters and Greg Anderson. Rainwaters, an artist based in
Austin, Texas, created portraits of hirsute men during the 2009 World
Beard and Moustache Championship. He says of his experience, "there was
an odd mixture of competition and camaraderie: these men had grown and
cultivated their facial hair to excess for most of their lives and
they were fiercely committed to the art of grooming."
Working in a
similar fashion, Greg Anderson, a commercial artist based in Las Vegas,
captured the portraits of competitors in this year's championship
competition. Using a medium-format camera, a few lights and a simple
backdrop, he depicted the personalities of these dedicated beard-wearers
in technically pristine photos.
association with the exhibition, the Morris Museum is offering special
programming for visitors. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973.371.3706.
Night of Bourbon and Beards
Thursday, February 27 at 6:30pm
$35 in advance / $40 at the door
About the Morris Museum
100 years, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts
and cultural institution which serves the public through high caliber
exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities. The Museum also
offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford
Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously
serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a
Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on
the Arts' Citation of Excellence, among other awards. The first museum
in New Jersey to be accredited, the Morris Museum was re-accredited in
2013 by the American Alliance of Museums.
The Morris Museum is a
Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military
personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia
Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. In
addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the second
and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the museum is $10 for
adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is
always free for Museum members. Every second and third Thursday of the
month between 4:00 and 8:00pm, the Museum offers visitors the
opportunity to Pay What You Wish. For more information, call (973)
971-3700, or visit www.morrismuseum.org .