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Blind Stitching Vis-Ability

Posted in Art, Disability Art, and Disabled Artist

Final Exhibition Tour with Artist, Claire Spector

Friday, December 20, 2019, 1-2pm

Lighthouse for the Blind
1st Floor Gallery 
1155 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Admission is free with RSVP

Large-Print Show Book & Braille Labels, Descriptions, Audio Welcome & Artist’s Statement and Lighthouse MAD Lab Tactile Art Representations are available. 
For more information and reservations, please call: Collaborative Abilities DirectorClaire Spector at 707-494-6503, or email:

“Thankga” by Claire Spector
Photography: Gabriel Sakakeeny
Art, Design, Photo © 2013, Claire Spector 

32 3/4” W x 56 1/4” L 
Cotton, Silk batting

Hand-pieced blocks, overall design setting, hand-piecing, blind-stitching, facing and hanging sleeve, sewn by feel

Several initial machine-pieced strips and blocks; long-arm quilting Design and Quilting: Betty Anne Guadalupe, Guadalupe Designs, Prineville, OR

Back to Back Theatre Coming to Bay Area

Posted in Performance, and Theater

February 5–8, 2020 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

Bing Studio, Stanford


Young man in dirty wife-beater sits on a couch by numerous stuffed animals.

Back in 2013 I was lucky enough to attend the Bodies of Work Festival in Chicago. It was jam packed with every kind of disability art—poetry, dance, paintings, theater. I wasn’t able to make it to every event. I was most disappointed to miss the performance of Ganesh vs the Third Reich by Australia’s Back to Back Theatre. I did get to see video clips. It was impressive and unlike any theater I’ve seen in the US. It was dark, humorous, but most of all the disabled actors had meaningful roles. There wasn’t a hint of inspiration porn or condescension. Those of us in the Bay Area have the chance to see them with a new play this February. I can hardly wait.

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

Five activists with intellectual disabilities hold a public meeting to start a frank and open conversation about a history we would prefer not to know, and a future that is ambivalent. With the rapid development of AI and continuing advances in automation, where does human intelligence fit in? Shadow’s cast consists of five activists with intellectual disabilities, hidden histories, and ambivalent futures. As in all communities, nobody is self-sufficient and everyone is responsible.


Posted in Dance, Disabled Artist, Performance, and Theater

Gravity’s “(in)Visible” explores how non-sighted audiences can experience dance.

Making dance performances accessible to the non-sighted is an endeavor many ballet companies have begun to embrace by offering live narration and preshow touch tours.

For Jess Curtis, thinking about dance for the non-sighted is not just a challenge but also an opportunity to de-center sighted existence and open up new experiences of reality. That’s what he’s done in “(in)Visible,” developed in consultation with UC Berkeley professor of disability studies Georgina Kleege; philosopher Alva Noë; and blind art critic, essayist, artist and photographer Gerald Pirner.

Performed by an international cast of six dancers — some blind, some visually impaired and some sighted — “(in)Visible” guides the audience into new modes of consciousness through singing, dancing, whispering and feeling. Saturday’s show will also include American Sign Language interpretation. Developed in both San Francisco and Berlin, “(in)Visible” won a competitive MAP Fund grant for new work, no surprise to those who have long appreciated Curtis’ thoughtful and vulnerable boundary-pushing.

“(IN)VISIBLE”: Jess Curtis/Gravity. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 10-13. $10-$30. CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F. 415-626-2060.