Miscellaneous Disability Art Resources

Posted September 1st, 2013 by Anthony

Michael Winters Memorial
I put together a quick list of disability art resources for the new curator for Art Ability at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Rachel McCay. I’d like to think these would be helpful, so here ’tis.

Disability Art Resources-Quick List by Anthony Tusler

Tobin Sieber, Disability Theories, http://www.amazon.com/Disability-Theory-Corporealities-Discourses/dp/0472050397/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374075832&sr=1-1
Everyone in the disability and humanities seems to be treating this as the bible. In particular those in the arts regard it highly.

Bodies of Work in Chicago is a network of museums and academic programs promoting disability and the arts. http://bodiesofworkchicago.org/
Festival was at the end of May.

Human Beings II, was a show of 2d work curated by Riva Lehrer at the Festival, http://www.bodiesofworkchicago.org/festival/event-description/38-festival-event/33-woman-made-gallery-human-being-ii.html. You can still see the images at http://womanmade.org/show.html?type=group&gallery=humansbeing2013&pic=1

National Arts and Disability Center, UCLA, http://www.semel.ucla.edu/nadc
Listserv, http://lists.ucla.edu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/nadc

Amanda Cachia is a curator, http://www.amandacachia.com/ . Podcast interview is at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/telling-our-disability-stories/id484686470 Amanda’s now getting her PhD at UC San Diego. She’s done some knockout work:
Medusa’s Mirror is a show that had great artists and the gallery was well designed, http://proartsgallery.org/exhibitions/2011_medusa.php
What Can a Body Do? was in Haverford, http://exhibits.haverford.edu/whatcanabodydo/
Her newest is Cripping Cyberspace: A Contemporary Virtual Art Exhibition, http://www.commonpulse.ca/

Betsy Bayha directed a documentary, “Outsider: The Life and Art of Judith Scott” I thought it was skillfully done, focusing on the art and artist with her disability experiences as background.

Chris Smit, http://smitwork.com/ is working on a journal of disability and art.

Some artists I really like:
Lisa Bufano, http://www.lisabufano.com/, is the dancer that impressed me along with Alice Sheppard, , at the Bodies of Work dance performance in Chicago.

Sandie Yi has done some powerful pieces with Crip Couture, http://cripcouture.org/Artist.asp?ArtistID=33180&Akey=56CFLP9D

I get a kick out of Laura Swanson’s work, in particular her photographs, http://www.lauraswanson.com/

Katherine Sherwood is probably the best known artist in this group. She’s a prof at UC Berkeley, http://katherinesherwood.com/

The LEAD conference at the Kennedy Center is for arts administrators, http://www.kennedy-center.org/accessibility/education/lead/conference.html

DS-HUM, the disability humanities listserv is moderated and has mostly academics, but also many artists, https://listserv.umd.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=ds-hum&A=1

Wikipedia entry on Disability Art is well written and informative as of 7/18/2003, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disability_art

My website and blog has info about the various art projects I’m doing or have done, http://AboutDisability.com and http://AboutDisability.com/commentary

For four years I produced, and often included myself, Disability Arts Lecture Series at the de Young Museum, San Francisco
March 28, 2009 Access Advisors Open House and Disability Arts Festival, 2009
Goin’ to the Dance: Disability & Desire Disability Culture Presentation. Anthony Tusler, Piazzoni Mural Room

October 2, 2010 Access Advisors Open House and Disability Arts Festival, 2010
Toulouse-Lautrec and Disability Culture Anthony Tusler, The paintings and posters of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec as deciphered by 21st-century disability culture. There is an MP3 of my presentation at http://www.aboutdisability.com/commentary/?p=313. Piazzoni Mural Room
Live Nude Girl written and performed by Ann Colby Stocking, Koret Auditorium

March 31, 2012 Access Advisors Open House and Disability Arts Festival, 2012
From the Doctor’s Office to the Art Gallery: Sandie Yi’s Radical Vision of Beauty, Sandie Yi, Amanda Cachia, and Anthony Tusler, Koret Auditorium

October 13, 2012
Chuck Close, Prosopagnosia, and Pixels Amanda Cachia with introduction by Rosemarie Garland Thomson, Koret Auditorium

May 25, 2013
Rembrandt’s Beggars and the Representation of Disability and Poverty Susan Schweik, Koret Auditorium


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