The LeRoy Neiman Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Disability and/as Artistic Practice, Hosted by the Department of Art History, Theory, & Criticism, the Performance Department, the Visual and Critical Studies Department, and the Diversity Advisory Group
Disability as/in Artistic Practice: Wednesday, November 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., The LeRoy Neiman Center First Floor: This panel brings together artists, designers, curators, and critics to discuss their work with disability as a source for art/design work and criticism. Responding to SAIC’s recent conversations around diversity, the panel raises the question of how disability appears (and disappears) in academic and artistic contexts. Presenters will include: Amanda Cachia, curator/art historian; Petra Kuppers, artistic director, The Olympias Project; and Sandie Yi, sculptor and educator. This event is co-sponsored by the department of Art History, Theory, & Criticism, the Performance Department, the Visual and Critical Studies department, and the Diversity Advisory Group.
Lunchtime Lecture with Amanda Cachia: The Politics of Creative Access: A Manifesto for Critical Dis/ability Curatorial Practice: Wednesday, November 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327, Amanda Cachia will present a manifesto for critical dis/ability curatorial practice, which will involve a discussion on the politics of creative access. The idea is to advance a curatorial model for a contemporary art exhibition that can be made accessible to an array of complex embodiments, where, for example, American Sign Language, captioning, and written and audio translations of sound and image are embedded into the material, structural and conceptual aspects of the exhibition. The presentation will include an overview of Cachia’s recently curated exhibitions, including Sweet Gongs Vibrating at the San Diego Art Institute (2016), Flesh of the World at the University of Toronto (2015), and LOUD silence at California State University Fullerton in Los Angeles and the University of California San Diego (2014-2015). Amanda Cachia is a PhD Candidate in Art History, Theory & Criticism in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California San Diego. Her dissertation focuses the intersection of contemporary art, choreography, disability, and politics.