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"Mouth and Toes: The World of 19th-Century Silhouette Artists with Disabilities" Public Program
In this program, Laurel Daen and Marianne R. Petit will examine the lives and works of three artists—Martha Ann Honeywell, Sarah Rogers, and Saunders Kew Grems Nellis—who worked at the intersection of visual art, performance, and disability in the early to mid-nineteenth century. Born with significant physical disabilities, these artists traveled throughout North and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe creating and selling silhouettes and performing their unexpected capacities and incapacities for customers. Historian Laurel Daen and artist Marianne R. Petit recount Honeywell, Rogers, and Nellis’s remarkable stories in a new creative project titled “Mouth and Toes: The World of 19th-Century Silhouette Artists with Disabilities.” Featuring a “crankie” or moving panorama, printed scrolls, hand-held flip books, and an e-book, Daen and Petit center these artists in the fascinating world of art, performance, travel, and disability in which they lived. This program will include selections from “Mouth and Toes” and artwork by Honeywell, Rogers, and Nellis in the American Antiquarian Society collection.

Aug 19, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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