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Pepón Osorio "En La Barberia No Se Llora" ("No Crying Allowed in the Barbershop") 1994
'No Crying Allowed in the Barbershop' was the artist's over the top version
of a Puerto Rican barbershop, installed in a vacant store in the summer of
1994 on Park Street in Hartford's Frog Hollow neighborhood. Osorio used the
all-male barbershop, the place where young Puerto Rican boys are typically
told not to cry when they get their first haircut, as a vehicle to look at
masculinity and machismo. Photographs of Latin men lined the walls, potency
powder was 'for sale' in display cases, a video played on the chairs'
headrests and in the mirror, showing scenes of men playing, a baby being
circumcised, and men crying. The ceilings were silkscreened from enlarged
photos of microscopic human sperm. A fish tank held a scene from the Last
Supper. Radios and ears adorned the back walls. At the opening a band
played and barbers from the community offered free haircuts. The
'barbershop' has traveled to Tokyo, Paris and Atlanta.