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Date/Time: 10/11/2007 12:00 am

Darren O’Donnell, Haircuts by Children, 2007.
Darren O’Donnell
Art in General has invited artist, playwrite and theatre director, Darren O’Donnell to develop Haircuts by Children in New York. Together, we will work with a number of children between the ages of eight and twelve and, in popular hair salons in Art in General’s neighborhood of Chinatown and Tribeca, offering the public free haircuts by children on two Saturdays: November 3, 2007 and November 10, 2007. (See below for schedule and locations.)
To make an appointment, please call: 212-219-0473, extension 29 or email info@artingeneral.org
For more details on this project, visit www.artingeneral.org
Haircuts by Children invites a consideration of children as creative and competent individuals whose aesthetic efforts should be trusted. The project takes up the belief that it’s important to consider that children should be permitted to participate politically. The idea that children should have access to the political process is, to many, as alien as the suggestion that children should be allowed access to our hair. There’s no doubt that hairstyles are one of the most personal and sensitive aspects of image. Letting children cut hair, we believe, whimsically references or evokes the kind of leap of faith, courage and understanding required to grant children deeper citizenship rights.
About the Artist
Darren O’Donnell (b. Canada, 1965) is an artist, writer, playwright, director, and actor. His projects are accessible and entertaining while remaining vigorously polemic in their exploration of political and social issues. In 1993, he founded Mammalian Diving Reflex, a group that engages in the artistic use of the institutions of civil society. He was the 2000 winner of the Pauline McGibbon Award for directing, the 2000 Gabriel Award for broadcasting and has been nominated for a number of Dora Awards for his writing, directing, and acting.
With children studying at MS131, Dr. Sun Yat-sen Middle School in Chinatown
Produced by Art In General for PERFORMA07
Saturday, November 3, from 11 am – 4 pm
2 in 1 Hair Salon
12-B Pell Street, New York, NY 10013
Directions: Located between Mott Street and Bowery in Chinatown. Closest subway lines are 6, N, R, Q to Canal.
Saturday, November 10, from 11 am – 6 pm
Hair 2 Stay
121-A Baxter Street, New York, NY 10013
Directions: Located between Canal and Hester Streets, at the intersection of SoHO, Chinatown and Little Italy. Closest subway lines are 6, N, R, Q to Canal.
To make your appointment on either date, in either salon, please call: 212-219-0473, extension 29 or email info@artingeneral.org.

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