We live in a world utterly obsessed with physical beauty, yet disability seems to exempt one from being seen as beautiful. This talk is in part a memoir of sexual identity, and in part an examination of the societal wall that separates the disabled from inclusion in corporeal delight. Images will be shown from the history of Lehrer's art, which strives to uncover the glamor inherent in non-normative bodies.
This lecture is part of EXPOSURE: A Series of New Developments in Disability Arts & Culture. Presented by Bodies of Work, 3Arts, UIC’s Department of Human Development, and the Disability Resource Center at UIC, EXPOSURE considers ongoing projects and works-in-progress of the 2015 - 2016 3Arts University of Illinois at Chicago Fellows. Featuring the work of Riva Lehrer, Arlene Malinowski, and Barak adé Soleil, this new series offers insight into the practices of artists exploring the intersectionality between disability, art, and culture. Through this series of programs, EXPOSURE intends to continue the dialogue around issues of disability aesthetics in cross-media artistic modes of production and the cultural space, which the 3Arts Fellows occupy.
This series is free and open to the public. ASL interpretation, real-time captioning, audio description and personal assistants will be provided. This is a wheelchair accessible space. Please refrain from wearing scented products.
This series is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts to 3Arts. Bodies of Work and UIC’s Department of Disability and Human Development are proud to partner with 3Arts to present these unprecedented fellowships and public programs in support of disability culture.