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THU JAN 27 2005, 12:15
Curators' Talk, Beth Dungan and Katherine Sherwood
Theater Gallery

What does it mean to see? And what does visual impairment bring to the visual arts and museum practice? The museum kicks off a series of gallery talks for Blind at the Museum with this introductory presentation by the exhibition's co-curators: Katherine Sherwood, award-winning painter and professor in UC Berkeley's Art Practice Department, and Beth Dungan, art historian and postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Medicine, the Humanities, and Law.

With reference to artworks in the exhibition, the curators will address topics of blindness, visual impairment, and viewership, and the artistic strategies involved in highlighting these issues both literally and metaphorically.

Katherine Sherwood and Beth Dungan are co-instructors of a spring course at UC Berkeley, titled Art, Medicine and Disability, which will address the exhibit and a related conference upcoming in March.

THU FEB 17 2005, 5:30
Film Screening: Derek Jarman's Blue
Introduced by Anne Walsh and B. Ruby Rich
Museum Theater

Derek Jarman made Blue (1993), the final work of his twenty-two-year filmmaking career, as a meditation on blindness, having lost his vision as a result of AIDS-related CMV (Cytomegalovirus retinitis). Featuring a soundtrack collaged from music and readings and a glowing, nearly monochromatic blue screen, Blue offers audiences a direct encounter with the experience of limited visual perception and explores the relationship between abstraction and the body, looking and seeing, and sound and image.

As an introduction to Jarman's film for the museum's audience we will present a pre-screening discussion between Anne Walsh, assistant professor in UC Berkeley's Art Practice Department, and B. Ruby Rich, faculty member in the Social Documentation graduate program at UC Santa Cruz. Walsh's work in the area of video and performance will help illuminate Jarman's representation of his changing body through an abstract film. Rich's broad experience curating and critiquing independent film and New Queer Cinema (a term she coined) will help locate this work within contemporary film practice.

THU MAR 3 2005, 12:15
Gallery Talk, Georgina Kleege and Katherine Sherwood
Theater Gallery

Georgina Kleege and Katherine Sherwood will address visual impairment and multiple modes of communication—visual, tactile, verbal—in this informal discussion of the artists and artworks in the exhibition. Author Georgina Kleege is a faculty member in UC Berkeley's English Department. Katherine Sherwood serves on the Board of Disability Studies and is a professor in the Art Practice Department.

FRI MAR 11 2005, 4:00 - SAT MAR 12 2005
Blind at the Museum Conference
Museum Theater
Free and open to the public. Sign language interpretation provided.

Scientists, cultural historians, philosophers, literary critics, and artists come together in this two-day conference to discuss a range of topics related to visual impairment, art, access, and the role of the viewer.

Georgina Kleege, author of Sight Unseen and faculty member in UC Berkeley's English Department, will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers will include Michael Davidson, Joseph Grigely, Simi Linton, Michael F. Marmor, and Andy Potok. A panel devoted to museum studies will discuss how we look at an artwork, including interventions and technologies such as audio guides, touch tours, and translations. A medicine and technology panel will explore the physiology and perceptual experience of visually impaired people, and the implications for technology and cognitive science. The artists' panel will examine the intersections between visual impairment and the visual arts, while the cultural studies panel will provide a range of historical and social contexts for an understanding of blindness and visuality.

Click here for a detailed schedule.

THU MAY 5 2005, 12:15
Gallery Talk, Eve Meltzer
Robert Morris's Blind Time
Theater Gallery

In 1973, Robert Morris started an ongoing series of drawings, collectively titled Blind Time, in which he privileged touch over sight. On some of these drawings, at the bottom or in the margin, he describes his process in methodical writing: “With the eyes closed the ten fingers move outward from the center making counting strokes. Two thousand strokes are made in an estimated two minutes.” Other drawings in the series were produced collaboratively with a blind woman identified only as “A.A.” Eve Meltzer, Stanford Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Art and Art History, offers her insights about these works based on her extensive interviews with Morris and in–depth study of his work.

SAT JUN 4 2005, 1:30
Sign Language-Interpreted Gallery Talk, Katherine Sherwood and Georgina Kleege
Interpreted by Patricia Lessard
Theater Gallery

Included in Blind at the Museum are artists who emphasize sound, touch, and multisensory address; artists who investigate the unreliability of vision; artists who are blind and yet are committed to the visual arts; and artists who rethink the activities of viewing within the museum. With a focus on multiple modes of communication, Katherine Sherwood and Georgina Kleege explore works in the exhibition in a conversation interpreted in American Sign Language by Patricia Lessard. Professors Sherwood (Department of Art Practice) and Kleege (English Department) have both taught in UC Berkeley's renowned Disability Studies Program. Lessard specializes in sign language interpretation of the visual arts.

THU JUL 7 2005, 5:30
Guided Tours
Theater Gallery

Tours of the exhibition are available on selected dates in July. Guides are also available to give tours to groups visiting the museum by advance arrangement, by phoning (510) 642-5188.

Thursday, July 7, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 24, 2 p.m.

SUN JUL 10 2005, 3:00
Gallery Talk, John Dugdale and Beth Dungan
Theater Gallery

“I realized that it was not through my eyes but through my mind that I saw things. My eyes were secondary.”—John Dugdale

John Dugdale, whose work is featured in Blind at the Museum, was a highly successful commercial photographer for many years. Since losing much of his sight to CMV (cytomegalovirus retinitis) in the mid-1990s, Dugdale has become a dedicated fine-art photographer whose work is included in major public and private collections. In conversation with guest curator Beth Dungan, Dugdale will discuss his works in the exhibition, his materials and process, his engagement with the history of photography, and his meditations on vision.

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