Amanda Cachia, “Curating New Openings: Rethinking Diversity in the Gallery,” Art Journal, Volume 76, Fall-Winter, No. 3-4, 2017
In spring 2016 I curated Sweet Gongs Vibrating for the San Diego Art Institute. For the exhibition, I aspired to activate the sensory qualities of objects in order to illustrate alternative narratives regarding access, place, and space for the benefit of a diverse audience, especially for people with visual impairments or blindness. I was especially interested in challenging the ocular-centric modality of curating exhibitions and the tendency to rely on the convention that objects must be experienced through vision alone. Like my experimental show, this Art Journal forum, “Curating New Openings: Rethinking Diversity in the Gallery,” draws attention to the experimental ideologies and methodologies that might guide curators as they initiate and plan exhibitions of diversity in a range of ways.