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Whew: Artist Calls Off Hair Protest

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  Artist Barbara Koenen has announced the end of her 7 year, 18 week-and-counting hair-growing protest.  On September 10, 2001, Koenen (pdf) shaved her head. to protest In protest of the Bush "war on terror" response to 9/11 she hasn't cut her hair since. But at 4 PM, tomorrow, January 20, she'll be in a chair at Obama's favorite, the Hyde Park Hair Salon , taking it all off.  Though we're still at war, Koenen says, the Obama inauguration has turned her "audaciously hopeful," and it's time to celebrate. Koenen, whose body of work includes a series of spice-stained war rugs, also curated "Consuming War," an exhibit at the Hyde Park Art Center in 2007; here's our review.

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