In conjunction with the Library Company of Philadelphia's Center-funded exhibition Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind, writer, director, and performer Terry Galloway presents her one-woman show You Are My Sunshine – A Kind of Love Story. The performance offers Galloway's humorous perspective on life after receiving a cochlear implant and being thrust into a world of sound. Following the performance, Galloway and Kristin Lindgren, professor of writing at Haverford College, will discuss the intersection of art, disability, and access.
The event begins with a reception and exhibition viewing at 5:30 p.m., followed by the performance at 6:30 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.