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Designer Sara Hendren has posted information about my Alterpodium project on her Abler site. Alterpodium is is a custom-made, portable disability object that I use to “perform disability” during international and national conferences, symposiums and lectures. Alterpodium, is a departure from French curator Nicholas Bourriard’s portmanteau conception of Altermodern, that contextualizes global art-making practices with an emphasis on individuality, singularity and autonomy as a reaction against standardization.

I am the proud recipient of the Society for Disability Studies 2014 Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies! I received my Award and check during the annual SDS conference in Minneapolis on Saturday June 14, 2014.

“Growing Rhizomatically: Disability Studies, the Art Gallery and the Consortium.” Co-written with Kelly George and Kristin Lindgren. Disability Studies Quarterly, Special Issue on Growing Disability Studies, Vol. 34, No. 2, 2014.

“‘Disabling’ the Museum: Curator as Infrastructural Activist” Journal of Visual Art Practice, Volume 12, Issue 3, 2013. Published by Taylor & Francis.

“Is social practice about inclusion or exclusion? Is it really for everybody?” 100 Questions, 100 Days, posted on March 31, 2014 for Open Engagement conference, Queens Museum, NY, May 16-18, 2014

I’ve been appointed to the College Art Association’s Committee on Diversity Practices. I will be serving on the committee for 3 years (2014-2017), and I will specifically represent the interests of disability arts.

Upcoming //

LOUD silence, Grand Central Art Center, California State University Fullerton, Santa Ana, CA, September 6 – December 6, 2014. Opening reception Saturday September 6, 7-10pm, with artist talk by Alison O’Daniel from 6-7pm, accompanied by ASL interpreter.

“‘Disabling’ the Museum: Curator as Infrastructural Activist,” lecture for CAST (Contemporary Arts + Social Transformation), School of Humanities and Social Inquiry, University of Wollongong, Australia, Tuesday, September 23, 12:30-1:30pm

“New Curatorial Models for Disability in Exhibitions,” Unseeing Disability and Art panel chaired by Geoffrey Shea, Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC), Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, Canada, October 23-26, 2014

“Curating Disability: Ethics, Pragmatics, Effects,” hosted by Tangled Art + Disability, in conjunction with Ryerson University School of Disability Studies, Toronto, Thursday October 23, 2014, 7-8pm

“‘Disabling’ the Museum: Curator as Infrastructural Activist,” lecture + workshop, Inclusive Design Research Centre, Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, October 23-24, 2014

Alterpodium, talk & visit with Sara Hendren, Assistant Professor of Design, Olin College of Engineering, Boston, MA, Monday November 3, 2014

“What is the capacity of art to make a difference?” panel discussion for DaDaFest International Congress: Disability Culture and Human Rights, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liverpool, UK, December 2-3, 2014

LOUD silence, gallery@calit2, University of California San Diego, CA, January 22 – March 13, 2015. Special opening reception on Thursday January 22, 4-7pm with performance by Christine Sun Kim and round-table conversation with Professor Michael Davidson and Professor Carol Padden, accompanied by ASL interpreters.

LOUD silence film screening event with Alison O’Daniel, gallery@calit2, University of California San Diego, Thursday February 5, 4-7pm, accompanied by ASL interpreters.

Discussant for “The Gaze, the Stare, and the Look Away: New Images of Resistance in the Aesthetics of Disability” panel chaired by JoAnn Purcell, College Art Association, New York City, February 11-14, 2015

LOUD silence Curator’s Tour with ASL interpreter, gallery@calit2, University of California San Diego, Thursday February 26, 3-4pm

Art of the Lived Experiment, curated by Dr. Aaron Williamson for DaDaFest and hosted by the Bluecoat Gallery, UK, (November 8, 2014 – January 11, 2015) and co-curated in the US by myself and Williamson, April 10 – July 31, 2015, hosted by Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Kendall College of Art & Design at Ferris State University and Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, organized by DisArt Festival.