Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time: Verbal Description and Touch Tour - Red Bull Arts Detroit

Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time: Verbal Description and Touch Tour

Sunday, October 20th

2-4 PM

In efforts to create experiences for those in disability communities to engage with this exhibition that in part addresses disability and care, disabled artist and educator Ezra Benus will lead a tour of select works in the exhibition for people who are are blind or have visual impairments. Utilizing techniques of verbal description and employing touch elements as a mode of understanding the artworks, this tour is intended for non-visual-learners to engage in conversations around the themes of the exhibition. The tour will promote ways of knowing, learning, and sharing that leans into the embodied experiences of the visitors, and care partners are welcome to join.

Ezra Benus is a disabled artist, educator, curator from New York City. He believes that supporting disability artistry is a key part of how cultural institutions can move towards greater accessibility, along with the more commonplace practices of supporting access through educational programming and making infrastructure of spaces more accessible. In collaboration with other disabled artists and communities, Ezra works collectively towards building a sustainable and vibrant disability arts community and reshaping discourse on the ways disability is normatively understood in our culture. Ezra was the first Access and Adult Learning Fellow at the Brooklyn Museum, and consulted on access and disability arts for art organizations such as Red Bull Arts Detroit, Eyebeam, and Hunter College Art Galleries. Recent curatorial projects include the exhibition My Body Is The House That We Live In at Gibney Dance. He has exhibited work at Flux Factory, NYU Gallatin Gallery, The 8th Floor, Dedalus Foundation, Fylkingen. His work and activism is recognized and mentioned in i-D Vice, The New York Times, and Sight Line Magazine.

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Image Caption: Navild Acosta and Fannie Sosa, Detail of Black Power Naps: Black Bean Bed, 2018. Installation view at Performance Space New York, 2019. Photo by Da Ping Luo. Descriptive Caption: The frame is filled with a pile of hundreds of dark brown beans, forming a surface similar to waves in an ocean.