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“Where all bodies are exquisite” by painter Riva Lehrer

Posted in Disability Art, and News

Read a really interesting NYT op-ed piece by disabled artist Riva Lehrer that combines her art and a little about her teaching medical students.

Image shows a 2003 painting by Riva Lehrer of poet and essayist Eli Clare. On the left of the painting is the figure of Clare with wire-rimmed glasses, short cropped ginger hair, wearing hiking boots, denim shorts and pale blue shirt, kneeling in a forest, with one knee on the ground, looking to the bottom right of the painting. A small tree with red leaves is growing up through Clare’s shirt and there is ambiguity as to whether there is a struggle or a conscious process going on with the tree. On the ground in the middle of the painting are snippets of ginger hair and plaits. A cosy looking blue checked garment lies in front of the tree to the right of the painting.


A Starring Role for Disabilities

Posted in News, and Theater

What with the opening of autism-centered “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” the San Francisco Chronicle had an article on plays with disability as the central theme. The article by Steven Winn is an OK overview. Obviously, it is not going to have the kind of analysis and criticism the disability community would like, but it is not bad for a mainstream newspaper. The photo used in the print edition of the long leg braced Kevin Spacey as Richard III is particularly cringe worthy. If you follow the link you will notice the photo is not included in the online version.

Kevin Spacey as Richard III
Richard III at the Old Vic Theatre, using a cane and long leg braces
Kevin Spacey as Richard III
©Alastair Muir

Art & Technology

Posted in Disabled Artist, and News

The Wall Street Journal has a long article about Sara Hendren at Olin College and her work on bringing an artistic perspective to the design of disability-related products. Amanda Cachia Gambrel, who was in the Bay Area while at California Institute of the Arts—she’s now in the San Diego/LA area, worked with them to develop a very cool collapsible lectern. Amanda is one of the top curators of disability art and is always getting involved in interesting projects. The article describes various projects that combine technology with a flair for an aesthetic sensibility.

Amanda Cachia Gambrell
Amanda Cachia Gambrell at an art gallery