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Haverford College

in/visible: Disability and the Arts

Organized by Kristin Lindgren and Debora Sherman, Writing Program and Department of English, Haverford College

Friday, Feb. 25

Friday, February 25, 2011
Stokes Auditorium
2:00 p.m.

In/Visible: Disability and the Arts is a symposium that will introduce students and faculty across the disciplines to the vitality and richness of disability arts and culture. The symposium brings together noted scholars and artists to speak to disability as it informs the practice of art: Tobin Siebers, Disability Aesthetics (2010), Georgina Kleege, Sight Unseen (1999); Katherine Sherwood, artist and co-curator, Blind at the Museum, Berkeley Art Museum (2005), Ann Fox and Jessica Cooley, co-curators, Re/Formations: Disability, Women, Sculpture and Staring, Davidson College (2009).

Through this symposium, we want to explore the following questions: in what ways do visual artists highlight or problematize the spectacle of visible disability? What are some of the possible relationships between viewers, art objects representing or thematizing disability, and people with disabilities? Through what aesthetic strategies and practices do artists render the interior spaces of the body visible or call attention to their invisibility? How might nonvisible disabilities or nonvisible physical processes be represented in visual media?

Sponsored by the John B. Hurford '60 Humanities Center, Mellon Creative Arts Residencies Planning Grant and the Greater Philadelphia Women's Studies Consortium.

Human Rights and Disabilities in the Arts:

Haverford is sponsoring programs that focus on Human Rights and Disabilities in the Arts on February 24 and 25th. The schedules have been coordinated so that those interested in these related topics may attend both.

"The Human Rights: Right Here," a summit on economic human rights work in Philadelphia and beyond, is supported by the Haverford House fellowship, Center for Peace and Global Citizenship. More information >

Untitled (2000), Judith Scott

Untitled (2000), Judith Scott.
Judith Scott (1943-2005) was a Deaf outsider artist with Down syndrome; institutionalized for 35 years, she is now recognized as an important fiber artist.

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    Saturday, 2/26/2011 at 2:00 p.m.