Since 2015, I have organized several exhibitions focused on challenging the dominance of the visual sense in art and museums. Most recently, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum exhibited “Sense of Self,” uniting students and faculty from across Michigan State University to reimagine the art museum as an inclusive space. Focusing on art accessibility across the visual disability spectrum, this day-long exhibition incorporated both academic theory in the form of a multidisciplinary symposium, and hands-on, creative engagement through an exhibition of accessible artwork created by MSU students. The event was funded by an engaged pedagogy grant from the Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters, with additional support from the Broad Museum.
The symposium brought together two national leaders in accessible art, museum outreach, and disability studies, Dr. Georgina Kleege (UC Berkeley) and Lucas Livingston (Art Institute of Chicago), to share critical insights and expertise with an audience of faculty and students representing several departments and a range of multidisciplinary interests.