Day 1: April 6, IDENTITY

How can Disability Arts contribute to a cultural understanding of disability? Join us as we explore the ways disability operates as identity, focusing on artistic practice, history, and activism.

Public Events: Tickets and Registration

12:15pm – 2:00pm – Keynote Speaker, Riva Lehrer, $10, 41 Sheldon Blvd. SE

7:30pm – 9pm – An Evening of Silent Film with Lawrence Carter-Long, $5/$15, 41 Sheldon Blvd SE

DAY 1: 9:30am - 9:50am EST: Welcome | DisArt

Photos by Bryan Esler for stellafly

Time: 9:30am – 9:50am EST

Title: Welcome to the DisArt Symposium: Disability Arts Now!

Presenters: Chris Smit and Jill Vyn

Keywords: Identity, Design, Community

Day 1: 10am - 10:30am EST : Performing Disability Self-Portraits or Mute Mime Performs Paper or “How do you get Riva to do your portrait?” | Devva Kasnitz with Susan Fitzmaurice

Time: 10am – 10:30am EST

Title: Performing Disability Self-Portraits or Mute Mime Performs Paper or “How do you get Riva to do your portrait?”

Presenter: Devva Kasnitz with Susan Fitzmaurice

Keywords: Portraiture, Speech Impairment, Embodiment, Identity, Academic Disability Studies

Day 1: 10:40am - 11:10am EST : Unruly Minds Unleashed | Julie McNamara

Photo Credit Gursen Houssein

Time: 10:40am – 11:10am EST

Title: Unruly Minds Unleashed

Presenter: Julie McNamara

Day 1: 11:15am - 12:15pm EST Lunch

Time: 11:15am – 12:15pm EST

Day 1: 12:15pm - 12:30pm EST : Evening Event Preview: Silent Film with Lawrence Carter-Long

Time: 12:15pm – 12:30pm EST

Title: Evening Event Preview: Silent Film with Lawrence Carter-Long

Presenter: Lawrence Carter-Long

Event Information: Thursday, April 6, 7:30pm – 9pm, ArtPrize Hub SoundStage, 41 Sheldon Blvd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Tickets: $5/$15, Open to the Public, Click HERE to purchase tickets.

**This event will NOT be live streamed

Day 1: 12:30pm - 2pm EST : KEYNOTE PUBLIC EVENT Presence and Absence: The Paradox of Disability and Portraiture | Riva Lehrer

Photo by Ronit Bezalel

Time: 12:30pm – 2pm EST

Title: Presence and Absence: The Paradox of Disability and Portraiture

Presenter: Riva Lehrer

Keywords: Representation, Portraiture, Identity (Politics), Embodiment, Curating

Tickets: $10, Open to the Public, Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Day 1: 2:10pm - 2:30pm EST : The Aesthetics of Mad Art: Unpacking the Relationships Between Madness and Disability Arts and Culture | Jenna Reid

Time: 2:10pm – 2:30pm EST

Title: The Aesthetics of Mad Art: Unpacking the Relationships Between Madness and Disability Arts and Culture

Presenter: Jenna Reid

Keywords: Madness, Identity, Aesthetics

Day 1: 2:40pm - 3:50pm EST : Material Conditions of Disability in Art and Its Histories | Jessica Cooley, Declan Gould, Debra Keenahan, Stefanie Snider

Time: 2:40pm – 3:50pm EST

Title: Material Conditions of Disability in Art and Its Histories 

Presenters: Jessica Cooley, Declan Gould, Deborah Keenahan, Stefanie Snider

Keywords: Disability, Visual Arts, Poetry, Embodiment, Materiality

Day 1: 4pm - 4:20pm EST : Acquiring A Broken Brain for Laughter and Tears: Representations of Brain Injury in Film | Cheryl Green

Time: 4pm – 4:20pm EST

Title: Acquiring A Broken Brain for Laughter and Tears: Representations of Brain Injury in Film

Presenter: Cheryl Green

Keywords: Traumatic Brain Injury, Neurodivergence, Social Model, Inspiration Porn, Agency

Handout to accompany presentation: TBI in Film

 

 

Day 1: 4:30pm - 4:50pm EST : Crip Aesthetics and Performing the Score of Myself | Alison Kopit

Time: 4:30pm – 4:50pm EST

Title: Crip Aesthetics and Performing the Score of Myself

Presenter: Alison Kopit

Keywords: Disability Arts and the Politics of Identity, Disability Arts Aesthetics (broadly defined), Disability Arts as “Outsider Art” or Art Brut, Embodiment, Time and Space

Day 1: 5:10pm - 5:20pm EST : Reflection of Day 1: Identity | Lawrence Carter-Long

Time: 5:10pm – 5:20pm EST

Title: Reflection of Day 1: Identity 

Presenters: Lawrence Carter-Long

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TCM Public Relations
Ban Mankiewicz unit stills
guest: Lawrence Carter-Long
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Day 1: 5:20pm - 5:30pm EST : Closing Day 1: Identity | DisArt

Photos by Bryan Esler for stellafly

Time: 5:20pm – 5:30pm EST

Title: Closing Day 1: Identity

Presenters: Chris Smit/Jill Vyn

Day 1: 7:30pm - 9pm PUBLIC EVENT: An Evening of Silent Film with Lawrence Carter-Long accompanied by David Molinari, piano

Time: 7:30pm – 9pm EST

Title: An Evening of Silent Film with Lawrence Carter-Long

Presenter: Lawrence Carter-Long

Piano Accompaniment: David Molinari

Location: ArtPrize Hub SoundStage, 41 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Tickets: $5/$15, Open to the Public, Click HERE to purchase tickets. 

**This event will be captioned, live streamed, and ASL interpreted

08/20/2012
TCM Public Relations
Ban Mankiewicz unit stills
guest: Lawrence Carter-Long
ph: E. M. Pio Roda / TCM


Day 1 Schedule Overview

DAY 1: April 6 | Identity

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Live Streamed unless otherwise noted

MORNING SESSION: 

9:30am- 9:50am EST: Welcome to the DisArt Symposium | Chris Smit and Jill Vyn

10am – 10:30am EST: Performing Disability Self-Portraits or Mute Mime Performs Paper or “How do you get Riva to do your portrait? Devva Kasnitz

10:40am – 11:10am EST: Unruly Minds Unleashed | Julie McNamara

11:15am – 12:15pm EST Lunch

AFTERNOON SESSION: 

12:15pm – 12:30pm EST PUBLIC EVENT: An Evening of Silent Film preview with Lawrence Carter-Long

12:30pm – 2pm EST PUBLIC EVENT: Keynote Speaker: Presence and Absence: The Paradox of Disability and Portraiture | Riva Lehrer

2:10pm – 2:30pm EST: The Aesthetics of Mad Art: Unpacking the Relationship Between Madness and Disability Arts and Culture | Jenna Reid

2:40pm – 3:50pm EST: Material Conditions of Disability in Art and Its Histories | Jessica Cooley, Declan Gould, Debra Keenahan, Stefanie Snider

4pm – 4:20pm EST: Acquiring A Broken Brain for Laughter and Tears: Representations of Brain Injury in Film | Cheryl Green

4:30pm – 5:00pm EST: Crip Aesthetics and Performing the Score of Myself | Alison Kopit

5:10pm – 5:20pm EST: Reflection of Day 1: Identity | Lawrence Carter-Long

5:20pm – 5:30pm EST: Closing Day 1: Identity | Chris Smit and Jill Vyn

EVENING EVENT:

7:30pm – 9pm EST: PUBLIC EVENT: An Evening of Silent Film with Lawrence Carter-Long, Piano accompaniment by David Molinari

Day 2 Schedule Overview

DAY 2: April 7 | Design

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Live Streamed unless otherwise noted. 

MORNING SESSION:

9am- 9:15am EST: Symposium Daily Preview | Chris Smit and Jill Vyn

9:20am – 9:50am EST: What Holds (the Stone Together: On Disability, Race, Identity) | Jim Ferris

10am – 10:30am EST: Beyond Trends and Tropes: Grindhouse, Arthouse and the Wacky Wonderful World of Underground Disability Cinema | Lawrence Carter-Long

10:40am – 11:10am EST: Hybrid Structures | Paul Amenta, Ted Lott, Alois Kronschlaeger, Chris Smit

11:15am – 12:15pm EST: Lunch

AFTERNOON SESSION:

12:15pm – 12:30pm EST: Integrated Dance: a small sample | Kris Lenzo

12:30pm – 2pm EST PUBLIC EVENT: Keynote Speaker: Public is Plural: Disability, Design, and Audiences for our Work | Sara Hendren 

2:10pm – 2:30pm EST: Crip Design: Affirming Disability, Contaminating Normalcy | nili Broyer

2:40pm – 3pm EST: Break

3:10pm – 3:30pm EST: Voices From the Field: Results from an Online Dialogue on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities | Beth Bienvenue

3:40pm – 4:10pm EST: 3D Thinkers in a 2D World | Benedict Phillips

4:20pm – 5pm EST: Opulent Mobility | Laura Brody

5:10pm – 5:20pm EST: Reflection of Day 2: Design | Lawrence Carter-Long

5:20 – 5:30pm EST: Closing, Day 2: Design | Chris Smit and Jill Vyn

EVENING EVENT:

7:30pm – 9pm EST: PUBLIC EVENT: You Are My Sunshine, Terry Galloway with Donna Nudd, Guest Dancer, Kris Lenzo (Not Live Streamed)

Day 3 Schedule Overview

DAY 3: April 8 | Community

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Live Streamed unless otherwise noted.

MORNING SESSION: 

9am- 9:10am EST: Symposium Daily Preview | Chris Smit and Jill Vyn

9:10am – 9:40am EST: Disability and the Art of Quiet Protest: Stephen Karam’s The Humans | Ann Fox

9:50am – 10:50am EST: Compelled into Art: Cultivating Disability Art through Revisioning Difference | Eliza Chandler, Nadine Changfoot, Carla Rice

11am – 11:20am EST: Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching an Interdisciplinary Art History and Disability Studies Course | Lu Auz

11:20am – 12:10pm EST: Lunch

AFTERNOON SESSION: 

12:20pm – 12:50pm EST: Interior Design Solutions | Xing Cui and Keith Hansen

1pm – 2:15pm EST PUBLIC EVENT: Keynote Speaker: Vital Voices | Julie McNamara**

2:25pm – 3:05pm EST PUBLIC EVENT: “Boo Hoo Hoo and Screw You, Too!” (Radicalizing the Community Conversation about Disability in the Arts) | Terry Galloway, Julie McNamara, Donna Nudd, Chris Smit, Jill Vyn

3:10pm – 3:20pm EST: Reflection, Day 3: Community | Lawrence Carter-Long

3:20pm – 3:30pm EST: DisArt Symposium, Closing | Chris Smit and Jill Vyn

4pm – 5:30pm EST: Accessible Event Planning Seminar for GR Professionals | Keith Oberfield, Michele Ross, Chris Smit, Jill Vyn (Not Live Streamed)

EVENING EVENT:

6pm EST PUBLIC EVENT: The Shape of Self | Works by Riva Lehrer, Exhibition Closing Reception (Not Live Streamed) The Fed Galleries @ KCAD, Woodbridge N. Ferris Building, 17 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

** ** We regret to share that the originally scheduled keynote speaker, Ruth Gould, is no longer able to join the DisArt Symposium this year. We are, however, excited to welcome Julie McNamara, friend and colleague of Ruth, to fill this respected position.