Process and Presence: Contemporary Disability Sculpture
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
September 14, 2018 – January 6, 2019
+ Art 21 Screening with Creative Growth Director, Tom di Maria
Through the finest examples of three-dimensional practice (sculpture, ceramics, performance, installation and video art), this exhibition emphasizes the relationship between disability and the fundamental human experiences of change and embodiment. This innovative project is organized jointly by DisArt, a Grand Rapids-based arts and culture organization promoting full participation of disabled people in the arts, and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. The exhibition offers audiences a survey of contemporary Disability sculpture through artists whose work represents local, national, and global perspectives on the lived experiences of disability.
The sister-state relationship between Michigan and the Shiga Prefecture; Japan is the cornerstone of this exhibition. Shiga Prefecture is long distinguished by remarkable opportunities for disabled people. This exhibition began with a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the sister-state relationship and grew to accommodate a dynamic collection of works by contemporary artists from Australia, Japan, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Accessible for all.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is an ADA regulated and accessible facility. Both indoor and outdoor spaces are barrier-free with ramps and paved pathways to accommodate wheelchairs and strollers and allow easy maneuverability. Courtesy wheelchairs are available for use. Although pets are prohibited, certified service dogs are welcomed.