Many Blind Rivers: Stories of Consciousness

24 May 2016
5:30pm - 7pm
Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia

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Teresa Jaynes, See a Table and Feel a Table. Embossed diptych print, arches, cover, 11 x 14\. Photos courtesy of the Library Company of Philadelphia."

As part of the Library Company of Philadelphia's Center-funded exhibition Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind, Stephen Kuusisto, author of Planet of the Blind (1998) and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening (2006), presents a talk on blind history and its place in art.

The event begins with a reception and exhibition viewing at 5:30 p.m., followed by the talk at 6 p.m.

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. Jaynes has also worked with a select group of advisors with varying degrees of vision loss, referred to as the Vision Council, to ensure that Common Touch is widely accessible to all audiences.