Tuesday, May 3 at 7 PM | Free
ACCESSING THE MUSEUM
Tuesday, May 3, 7 PM | Free
Ottawa Art Gallery, Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue
Ottawa Art Gallery and Tangled Art + Disability invite you to join a community discussion and public talk on museum accessibility. Guest speakers Carmen Papalia and David Garneau will each present perspectives on how public cultural institutions risk disabling and marginalizing their audiences by failing to provide them with meaningful ways of connecting to the content and design of their exhibitions and programs. Both Papalia and Garneau advocate for expanded definitions of access that go beyond standard “best practices” for museum accessibility, and consider the social and cultural barriers created and enforced through institutional habits and colonial privilege.
“I identify as a disabled person but I recognize that the conditions that disable me are external and not situated within my body. I identify under an open definition of disability that can include anyone that lives within a system that they have little or no control over, and which does not accommodate their needs as an individual—and therefore, which does not allow them to thrive. […]Contrary to their purpose, access programs do not make the museum more accessible to me, they subjugate the ways in which I learn and govern my participation in contemporary art.”
– Carmen Papalia, “How I Found a Way into Museums”
“Touch is the taboo of Western-style museums. They are sites of discipline. They demand that individuals control themselves, particularly that we repress touch, taste and smell in order to sharpen vision and imagination."
“The instructive deconstruction examines institutional designs that discourage access not only to disabled people but to anyone who is incomprehensible or incidental to its imaginary.”
– David Garneau. (2016, March). Marginalized by Design, Border Crossings, 62-65.
Speaker bios are available HERE.
Arts Court is located in a heritage building. Please note that the accessible entrance is located to the left of the front staircase at 2 Daly Avenue. ASL/LSQ interpretation and attendant care will be provided. For additional accessibility accommodations, contact Stephanie by April 26, 2016 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 613-233-8699 +227).