In this conversation, Sean Lee and Amanda Cachia discuss ways that critical disability and accessibility practices enable new methods of approaching, understanding, and responding to art through writing and other textual practices. They consider the ways that a nuanced and complicated understanding of Mad, Deaf, and disabled artists and their work allow for new kinds of “access” to criticism more broadly—whether for those who are underrepresented or those for whom contemporary art and criticism does not seem particularly welcome or accessible. Together, they brainstorm ways of doing art criticism that give rise to this kind of world and work. This conversation pays particular attention to the poetics opened up by disability cultures, as well as formal strategies used not only by art writers but also institutions (galleries and museums, with their catalogues, didactic panels, way-finding, and so on).
The conversation will run for approximately 45 minutes, followed by 15 mins for Q&A.
This event will be live translated into American Sign Language and, as with all Curious Criticism events, include captions produced by Zoom’s auto-transcription feature.