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Department Lecture series: Disruptive Re-Entries: Disability, Institutions, and Art Now | David Gissen, Georgina Kleege, and Carmen Papalia

Collage of speaker portraits. Top: Photograph of Georgina Kleege. Lower Left: Carmen Papalia photo: Against a blurry background of rocks and ocean, a close-up of the artist Carmen Papalia, an olive-skinned man with brown eyes, a dark, close-trimmed beard, and a gray hat. Lower Right: Photograph of David Gissen.
Georgina Kleege (top), Carmen Papalia (lower left), and David Gissen (lower right).

5:00 pm | 4/25/2022 | In-Person and Zoom Event: 308A Doe Memorial Library | Until 6:30 pm | 4/25/2022

David Gissen, Georgina Kleege, and Carmen Papalia

ASL Interpretation and CART Captioning Services will be provided for this event.
David Gissen is a writer, designer, and educator who works in the fields of architecture, landscape, and urban design. David is the author of the forthcoming book, The Architecture of Disability (University of Minnesota Press); Subnature: Architectureʼs Other Environments (2009); and Manhattan Atmospheres (2014). David’s design work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal and the Center for Architecture, New York. David has held academic appointments as the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architecture at Yale University and University Professor at the Institute for Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria. He is currently Professor of Architecture and Urban History at the Parsons School of Design and the New School University in New York City.
Georgina Kleege teaches creative writing and disability studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her books include Sight Unseen and Blind Rage: Letters to Helen Keller. Kleege’s most recent book, More than Meets the Eye: What Blindness Brings to Art (2018) is concerned with blindness and visual art: how blindness is represented in art, how blindness affects the lives of visual artists, and how museums can make visual art accessible to people who are blind and visually impaired. She has lectured and served as a consultant to art institutions around the world.
Carmen Papalia is a nonvisual social practice artist with chronic and episodic pain and co-founder of Open Access Foundation for Arts & Culture (OAFAC), an organization which addresses the limited representation of those with lived experience of disability in leadership roles in the arts. His work, which ranges from collaborative performance to public intervention against the harms of the Medical Model of Disability, a framework that erases disability experience by reinforcing ableist concepts of normalcy. Papalia is a 2022 Leonardo Crip Tech fellow, working with Karen Nakamura and the Berkeley Disability Lab and in 2020 received the Sobey Art Award. His work has been featured at The Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Tate Liverpool, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Gallery Gachet, among others.
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