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What Can A Body Do?

OCTOBER 26 – DECEMBER 16, 2012
Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College
Curated by Amanda Cachia
http://www.haverford.edu/whatcanabodydo
Opening Reception: Friday, October 26, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
With a performance by Mellon Tri-College Artist-in-Residence Christine Sun Kim at 6:15 p.m.

French philosopher Gilles Deleuze famously asked, “What can a body do?” implying that we haven’t even begun to understand the potential of our bodies. We know even less about the disabled body. This exhibition narrows Deleuze’s question then, asking “What can a disabled body do?” What does it mean to inscribe a contemporary work of art with experiences of disability? What shapes or forms can these inscriptions take? How, precisely, can perceptions of the disabled body be liberated from binary classifications such as “normal” and “pathological” that themselves delimit bodies and constrain action? Contemporary artists Joseph Grigely, Christine Sun Kim, Park McArthur, Alison O’Daniel, Carmen Papalia, Laura Swanson, Chun-Shan (Sandie) Yi, Corban Walker, and Artur Zmijewski demonstrate new possibilities across a range of media by exploring bodily configurations in figurative and abstract forms. They challenge entrenched views of disability, both positive and negative, and show that we do not yet know what bodies are, nor what bodies—all bodies—can or should do.

“What Can a Body Do?” is made possible with the support of the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Mellon Tri-College Creative Residencies Program, growing out of and responding to the Haverford College symposium “in/visible” (2011), organized by Kristin Lindgren (director of College Writing Center, visiting assistant professor of writing) and Debora Sherman (assistant professor of English, associate director of College Writing).
//// OTHER EVENTS ////
1) SCREENING OF NIGHT SKY and conversation with filmmaker Alison O’Daniel
Wednesday, November 7, 8:00 p.m., Chase Auditorium

2) BLIND FIELD SHUTTLE with Mellon Tri-College Artist-in-Residence Carmen Papalia
Wednesday, November 14, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Free. Space limited to 30. Registration by email required:hcexhibits@gmail.com.

3) TALK by Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Consortium Scholar-in-Residence Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
Friday, November 16, 4:00 p.m., Sharpless Auditorium (Reception with Garland-Thomson, Cachia, and Papalia to follow in the gallery, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.)

CANTOR FITZGERALD GALLERY
Whitehead Campus Center
Haverford College
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041
http://www.haverford.edu/hcah