Hair on Fire, a Piccolo Spoleto Invitational Exhibition curated by Mark Sloan, opens on Thurs. May 14 at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.

The exhibition explores the history of human hair through artwork that is made of, or incorporates, hair — or relates to the human coiffure through the centuries. From its significance to mythology, cultural anthropology, fashion, and folklore to the metaphorical possibilities it inspires, no tress is left untouched.

Artists Caryl Burtner, Sonya Clark, Talia Greene, Ruth Marten, Althea Murphy-Price, and Loren Schwerd showcase their art through June 15. The public is welcome to the opening reception 5-7 p.m. on May 14 and attendees are encouraged to display their own sense of fashion through unique hairstyles. The exhibition is free and open to the public. See it online at www.halsey.cofc.edu. —Moira Phillips

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