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Lucinda Barnes on James Castle: A Retrospective

(Closed-Captioned for the Hearing Impaired)




March 9, 2010; 5:22 Minutes; Video

BAM/PFA’s Chief Curator and Director of Programs and Collections Lucinda Barnes discusses the exhibition James Castle: A Retrospective. Her discussion is closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.

James Castle (1899–1977) was a prodigious artist who, without formal training, created a remarkable and vast body of work over the course of his life in rural Idaho. He was born profoundly deaf, and although as a child he attended the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind, Castle did not learn to read, write, speak, sign, or lip-read, perhaps by choice. Other than his five years away at school, Castle lived within the circle of his immediate family, making artworks based on the scenes, surroundings, and imaginings of his daily life.