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Gallery Talk: Intersections

September 8, 2017
Meet in Griffin Court
Free with museum admission

The theme for this month’s Intersections is Disability: Access and Representation

In this month's Intersections we will explore how works of art represent people with disabilities and how those depictions shape our society. Public portrayals of disabled people have effects and consequences which are actively and powerfully shaping disabled people’s lives in very tangible ways. Over recent decades, an emerging concern for the social and political effects of representation has ignited a shift in the portrayals of such diverse communities. Join facilitators Jack Gruszczynski and Kat Seno to reckon with the history of access and representation through the lens of artworks in the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection.

In this interactive series, the Art Institute’s encyclopedic collection serves as a catalyst for conversations about urgent social questions and current events. Come ready to participate and create community through dialogue about art. Facilitators select featured artworks and post them here in advance of each discussion in order to be responsive to an ever-changing world.    

Visit the calendar to view upcoming Intersections programs on the second Friday of each month.

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Randolph Rogers. Nydia, The Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii, modeled 1855–56, carved 1858. Bequest of Mrs. Uri Balcom.