The Art of Disability Culture
Artists with disabilities dispelling myths, dissolving barriers, and disrupting prejudice
September 11-December 11, 2021
Michaela Oteri, Self-portrait, 2020. Digital print. Courtesy of the artist.
Image description: A digital portrait of a woman in wheelchair wearing a shirt that reads "The Future is Accessible." She has blue hair and tattoos, and holds a pen and crutches. The purple background is art nouveau-inspired.
Visit the special exhibition webpage for The Art of Disability Culture.
The enhanced website for the exhibition includes individual pages for each artist, images with alt text, and audio files with visual descriptions of the works of art in the exhibition, recorded by the artist whenever possible.
At the heart of this exhibition is a robust celebration of the diverse, personal, and infinitely varied “disability experience.” Every artist featured has one or more disabilities, whether visible or invisible, and the exhibition centers upon their creativity, vulnerability, and unique perspectives. Work in the exhibition includes traditional portraiture, mixed-media pieces, tactile paintings, ceramics, an interactive labyrinth experience, digital portraiture, video, installation art, and a large site-specific sculpture.
The Art of Disability Culture also provides a safe space for the community to come together and reflect upon the pandemic with a greater understanding of how disability culture can strengthen our communities through the practices of interdependence, accessibility, and inclusion.
The Art of Disability Culture was made possible with funding provided by California Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Visit www.calhum.org. We would also like to acknowledge Pamela and David Hornik and Magical Bridge for their support.