Press Releases

Date of Release: 
Friday, January 28, 2011
Contact Info: 

Katie Kazan, Director of Public Information     
608.257.0158 x 237 or

Elizabeth Tucker, Director of External Services

608.257.0158 ext 245 or

Expanded Hair Affair in 2011

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art 
Announces an Expanded Hair Affair in 2011 

MADISON, WI – The fantastical art of hair sculpture will be on display at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art again this spring as MMoCA presents Hair Affair 2011: The Art of Hair. A bi-annual gala fundraiser, Hair Affair supports the museum’s free exhibitions and education programs, while showcasing the skill and creativity of premier salons and stylists from the Madison area. Hair Affair 2011 will take place from 7 to 10 pm on Thursday, April 28, 2011.

Hair sculptures on live models take center stage at Hair Affair in a runway show that extends down and across the museum’s stunning glass-enclosed staircase and lobby. Styles are many steps removed from a basic “good cut,” with stylists pulling out all the stops to present designs of striking ingenuity and intricate detail. Examples from Hair Affair 2009 include:

  • A recreation of the Wisconsin State Capitol dome, designed and executed by the Ultimate Spa Salon. Thin braids of hair formed the ribs of the dome and the circular colonnade on which it rests, while the model was costumed as Lady Wisconsin (the 15-foot gold-leafed statue that sits atop the dome) with gold-painted skin and a golden robe.
  • An enormous “globe” of blue and green hair that towered two-and-a-half feet above the model’s head. This design, created by Hybrid Salon, addressed the degradation of our planet, with the model wearing a dress made of black trash bags.

View a slide show of Hair Affair 2009 hair sculptures »

With a “Fantasy and Fairytales” theme, Hair Affair 2011 will feature more salon participants, a longer runway, and a VIP ticket option that includes front-row seats for the show. Tickets will be offered at $50 (guest) and $100 (VIP), and may be purchased from the museum beginning March 1. Contact the museum at 608.257.0158 x 221 or visit to reserve tickets.

Hair Affair 2011 will also feature delectable seasonal hors d’oeuvres from Fresco, signature cocktails, grooves from DJ Nick Nice, and a silent auction of spa and pampering-inspired packages. 

To date, generous support for Hair Affair 2011 has been provided by the Dean Clinic-The Aesthetic Surgery Center, Goodman’s Jewelers, and Brava Magazine.


Hours at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art are Tuesday–Thursday (noon–5 pm); Friday (noon–8 pm); Saturday (10 am–8 pm); and Sunday (noon–5 pm). The museum is closed on Mondays.

Admission to exhibitions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is free of charge. MMoCA is supported through memberships and through generous contributions and grants from individuals, corporations, agencies, and foundations. Important support is also generated through auxiliary group programs; special events; rental of the museum’s lobby, lecture hall, and rooftop garden; and sales through the Museum Store.

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