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An Etiology of Omission: Disability In and Out of Protest Art

  • Whitney Museum 99 Gansevoort Street New York, NY, 10014 United States (map)


An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940—2017 invites us to consider what is missing, and why. This program explores disability as a political and aesthetic category in artists’ reckoning with the most pressing issues of their day. 

Disability is rarely articulated as its own category in exhibitions of protest art, yet it is often an unacknowledged presence. Disabled artists, though, have been more specific and pointed in their work, and their artistry revitalizes aesthetic categories by subverting and reappraising the existing representational milieux. Our focus here will be on charting an etiology of the omission of disability—its political, historical, and curatorial roots—and outlining a more complete picture. The Disability/Arts/NYC Task Force (DANT) presents Riva Lehrer, Lawrence Carter Long, Kevin Gotkin & Simi Linton.

This event is free. Registration is required.