February 10, 2022
04:00 pm
05:00 pm

Disability Power Series: A Conversation on Art, Disability and the Body


Join Disability Lead for a conversation with Chicago artists Riva Lehrer and Sandie Yi whose visual and multimedia work has explored and celebrated disability culture and the disabled body. Both artists have redefined what it means to be disabled and, through their art, have offered a rich understanding of the beauty and creativity that is inherent in disabled lives. Riva and Sandie will provide an accessible presentation of their work and then join Risa Rifkind, Disability Lead’s Director of Civic Engagement and Marketing, for a conversation on how they use their work to advance, advocate and show the beauty and power of the disability experience.

All event attendees will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a copy of Golem Girl. Up to 10 books will be given away and recipients must live in the United States. Winners will be contacted on February 10.

Riva Lehrer B. 1958, Cincinnati, Ohio. Riva Lehrer is an artist, writer and curator who focuses on the socially challenged body. She is best known for representations of people whose physical embodiment, sexuality, or gender identity have long been stigmatized. Ms. Lehrer’s work has been seen in venues including the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian, Yale University, the United Nations, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, the Arnot Museum, the DeCordova Museum, the Frye Museum, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the State of Illinois Museum. Awards include the 2017 3Arts MacDowell Fellowship for writing, 2015 3Arts Residency Fellowship at the University of Illinois; the 2014 Carnegie Mellon Fellowship at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges; the 2009 Prairie Fellowship at the Ragdale Foundation. Grants include the 2009 Critical Fierceness Grant, the 2008 3Arts Foundation Grant, and the 2006 Wynn Newhouse Award for Excellence, (NYC), as well as grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the University of Illinois, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her memoir, Golem Girl, will be published by the One World imprint of Penguin/Random House in October 2020. Ms. Lehrer is represented by Regal Hoffman & Associates literary agency, NYC. Ms. Lehrer is on faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and instructor in the Medical Humanities Departments of Northwestern University.

Sandie Yi is an assistant professor in the department of art therapy and counseling and the program director of Disability Culture Activism Lab (DCAL) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She has a MA in art therapy from SAIC, and MFA from the University of California Berkeley. She is a disabled artist and disability culture worker whose work focuses on wearable art made for and with self-identified disabled people. As a part of the Disability Art Movement, Yi’s art, Crip Couture explores the issue of intimacy, desire, and sexuality of the disabled bodymind. The wearable art objects and their wearers call for a recognition of disability as an aesthetic choice and suggest the possibility for a new genre of wearable art, Disability Fashion

Once you register, you will have the option to add this event to your calendar. You will receive the Zoom Webinar link from staff the day before the event. ASL interpretation, Spanish translation, and live captioning (with a streaming link) will be provided. Additional accommodation requests can be submitted via RSVP.

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