UPDATE: Common Touch catalog now available.
Common Touch Catalog Coming Soon!
We are pleased to announce that the Common Touch catalog should be available by late summer. Designed with different textures of paper and other tactile elements, the illustrated catalog includes contributions by scholar and acclaimed author on disability Stephen Kuusisto, art historian and curator Sheryl Conkelton, and Common Touch curators Erika Piola and Rachel D’Agostino.
The catalog begins with the eloquent words of Kuusisto who writes about the historical blind and art. Succeeding essays explore Teresa Jaynes’s artistic process; discuss the compelling interrelationship between visual culture, disability studies and historical collections; and details the captivating history of the Michael Zinman Printing for the Blind Collection at the Library Company. Images of the exhibition and Jaynes’s art works and the historical artifacts on display, as well as transcriptions of the Common Touch gallery labels further engage the reader.
Thank you to the essay contributors for your thoughtful words; exhibition photographers Concetta Barbera and Gary McKinnis for your inviting images; Tony Smyrski for your design savvy; and the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage for your generous support.
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