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James Castle: A Retrospective

Gallery Talk by Brenda Brueggemann and Katherine Sherwood: Constructing Castle

April 18, 2010; 3:00 p.m.

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Bringing together two educator-practitioners who have long focused on James Castle, this program will highlight visual and linguistic elements in his work that contribute to a deeper understanding of his artistic output as a whole.

Brenda Brueggemann, professor of English at Ohio State University, has been a prime force in the formation of disability studies programs and curricula at OSU and nationally. In 1998, she organized the first colloquium specifically addressing disability within the humanities, leading to the Modern Language Association’s seminal publication Enabling the Humanities, an enormously influential reference for the pedagogy of disability studies.

Katherine Sherwood’s acclaimed mixed-media paintings investigate the point at which essential aspects of art, medicine, and disability intersect. The interdisciplinary relevance of her work has garnered a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, and she was recently the recipient of the Leon Henkin Citation for Distinguished Service. She teaches painting and drawing in UC Berkeley’s Department of Art Practice, where she has also pioneered courses on the productive intersections of art and disabilities.

Sign language interpretation will be provided.

Cosponsored by the Disability Studies Program at UC Berkeley.