Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind
Library Company of Philadelphia
Installation view of Common Touch at the Library Company of Philadelphia. Photo by Concetta Barbera.
Installation view of Common Touch at the Library Company of Philadelphia. Photo by Gary McKinnis.
Teresa Jaynes, Gift #4, 2016, silkscreen prints and cherry. Photo by Jennifer McTague.
Artist-in-residence Teresa Jaynes will curate a multisensory exhibition based on the Library Company's extraordinary collection of pre-Braille texts for the visually impaired. The exhibition will include historic objects as well as new works created by Jaynes that visitors will experience via touch, smell, and hearing. Jaynes will collaborate with her Vision Council—advisors who have experienced varying degrees of vision loss at different stages of life—on how to make the exhibition accessible to wide audiences, including the visually impaired. Jaynes is a 1999 Pew Fellow who organized the citywide Philagrafika festival in 2000.
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