|Exceeding the Frame: The Photography of Diane Arbus
||Metaphors for vision overwhelm the English language. "To see" is to know or to understand; "to envision" is to create or innovate; "to gaze" is to project desire, possess, and control; "to watch" is to study, examine, or take heed; "to witness" is to...
|Family Legacies: The Art of Betye, Lezley and Alison Saar at the Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC.
||Family Legacies: The Art of Betye, Lezley and Alison Saar is the first major exhibition to feature together the artwork of this mother
and two daughters. The fifty mixed-media pieces span over forty years of work (1964–2005) and embody multiple lega...
|Jim Hodges at Weatherspoon Art Museum
||Jim Hodges's enchanting, multi-faceted work appeared on the 1990s art scene like a ray of sunshine, his artistic illusions with light and mirrors inverting the often alienating postmodern disillusionment of much contemporary art. Favoring the sensual...
|Little Displays: The Photographs of Ricardo Gil
||Ricardo Gil is a little person who photographs his family and lifestyle. I compare Gil's images to images of little people drawn from fine art, the freak show, and popular culture. Gil's photographs express dwarfism as an embodied perspective and sub...
|Music to My (Deaf) Ears: The Installation Work of Joseph Grigely
||The installations of artist and literary theorist Joseph Grigely compose memories, mannerisms, messages,
(mis)communications, and music to explore the perceptions of and interfaces between deaf and non-deaf worlds. Grigely has been deaf since the ag...
|"Other? Fish in the Sea: Finding Nemo as an Epic Representation of Disability
||The animated feature "Finding Nemo" swept the box office last summer, and audiences of all ages and critics alike were overwhelmed by how a seemingly simple story had made such a splash. Recently having a second life on DVD, the film has become the m...
|Performing Amputation: The Photographs of Joel-Peter Witkin
||The contemporary photography of Joel-Peter Witkin takes center stage in Performing Amputation. Many of his
photographs feature amputee models in excessive and theatrical displays. The compositions recall, parody, and strategically corrupt traditions...
|Review: Felstiner, M. (2005). Out of joint: a private & public story of arthritis. Lincoln, London: University of Nebraska Press
||In Out of Joint: A Private & Public Story of Arthritis, Mary Felstiner tackles the epic task of writing about bodily pain. This "healing history" is a part medical, part autobiographical, and part cultural analysis (which prove hard to separate), of ...
|Review: Walker, Pamela K., Moving Over the Edge: Artists with Disabilities Take the Leap. Davis, CA: MH Media, Inc., 2005
||Moving over the edge captures the dynamism of the Berkeley/San Francisco Bay area during the disability rights and arts movements of the 1970s — 1990s, in which Pamela Kay Walker has played multiple roles, as activist, educator, radio host, performin...
|Sculpting Body Ideals: Alison Lapper Pregnant and the Public Display of Disability
||British artist Marc Quinn's Alison Lapper Pregnant (2005) is a monumental marble statue in London's Trafalgar Square that displays a nude, full body portrait of British resident and artist, Alison Lapper. The work features Lapper, who was born withou...
|Staring Back and Forth: The Photographs of Kevin Connolly
||Kevin Connolly, who was born without legs, photographs people staring at him around the world. The photographs represent staring as a multi-cultural and multi-generation act. In this paper, I discuss the phenomena of staring in art and everyday life,...