Common Touch: Bridging the Story of Blindness (and Vision Loss) Across Two Centuries

15 Sep 2016
The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia


Installation view of Common Touch at the Library Company of Philadelphia. Photo by Concetta Barbera.

In conjunction with the ongoing exhibition Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind, the Library Company of Philadelphia presents a conversation on living with blindness and vision loss. Led by The Vision Council, a group of advisors with varying degrees of vision loss, the event will reflect on the objects in the exhibition as well as personal stories on challenges and opportunities for the visually impaired.

Common Touch, curated by artist-in-residence and Pew Fellow Teresa Jaynes, is a multisensory exhibition based on the Library Company's extraordinary collection of pre-Braille texts for the blind. The culmination of nearly five years of research by Jaynes, the exhibition incorporates historic objects alongside new artifacts, visual art, and literature that visitors can experience via touch, smell, and hearing.