February 04, 2011

Ancient Greek Hairdos Receives Some Modern Attention in Event at CWRU

Caryatid hairstyles
An example of the hairstyles in
the caryatids. Photography
courtesy of Caryatid Hairstyling
Project at Fairfield University.

Beauty secrets from 400 BC Athens are revealed in a video produced by Fairfield University’s Katherine Schwab. While the camera rolls, a hairdresser twists and braids the locks of six Fairfield University students into the hairstyles sculpted in the caryatids, giant sculpted female figures, found on the Acropolis.

Schwab, associate professor of visual and performing arts, will show the video and talk about her research during a special program, sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Department of Art History. The event begins at 5 p.m. on Feb. 8 in 100 Mather House, and is free and open to the public.

Schwab curates the Metropolitan Museum of Art Plaster Cast Collection, which includes gifts and long-term renewable loans of casts from the museum and individual donors and is housed at Fairfield.

Caryatid hairstyleSchwab comes at the invitation of Jenifer Neils, the Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History and Classics. Like Schwab, Neils researches ancient Greek and Roman art. Neils is the author of the Parthenon Frieze, a book that explores the history of this ancient temple on the Acropolis.   

In the spring, Neils will undertake a similar video project when she recreates the gods featured on the Parthenon frieze. She will have students assume the character of one of the Olympian gods to perform a role for her video.

For more information, call the art history department at 216.368.4118.

Posted by: Emily Mayock, February 4, 2011 07:49 AM | News Topics: College of Arts and Sciences

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