Science, Technology and Society Lecture

Featuring Dr. Ann Fox of Davidson College discussing “The Modern Body, Medical Drag, and Mattress Pads?: How Disability and Art Create an Aesthetic of Access.

We are used to pairing art and disability in very specific ways in our culture: art as therapy; art as depiction of the tragic, grotesque, or fearful; or disability as something an artist may have overcome to be successful. But what if we actively re‐imagined, valued, and embraced a disability presence in art?

Surveying work from modern and contemporary disabled and nondisabled artists (among them Niki de Saint Phalle, Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, and Harriet Sanderson), this talk will explore the question: how can art and disability inform each other, compelling a viewer to think differently about the work they are observing, the body that created it, and the bodies viewing it?

Open to the public. Contact Wanda Clary for more information at or 828-8427.

Monday, October 1
Temple Building, Room 1165
5:30 pm

View the event flyer here.