Highlights of this year’s Museum Awareness Month

ART BEYOND SIGHT AWARENESS MONTH 2013

October 3-27
 The Lithuanian Library for the Blind offers a special educational program. It includes a tour of the Lithuanian Library for the Blind and a visit to the Lithuanian Blindness History Museum (a department of the Library). The Museum’s permanent collection contains exhibits and photographs revealing the 85 years of education of the blind in Lithuania (since 1927). Education became possible thanks to the war-blinded veteran Pranas Daunys, who adapted Braille alphabet to the Lithuanian language. There is a display of Braille books published by the Lithuanian Union’s Publishing House in 1963–1992, illustrated with tactile graphics by professional artists. The visitors will try to write Braille with slates and styluses, and create their own tactile drawings on a piece of a foil. Also, there Museum offers a temporary display of tactile textile books created recently by Lina Norkiene, a visually impaired folk artist and a social worker.

October 17-19
The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) presents APH InSights 2013, the annual international art competition organized by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), will be showcased at The Hyatt Hotel (Louisville, KY) on Thursday, October 17, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 18, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 19, from 8:00 a.m. until noon during the 144th annual meeting of Ex Officio Trustees of APH. Admission to the exhibition is free and the public is also invited to meet the artists on Friday, October 18 from 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Entries cover a wide range of subjects in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography.  The exhibition includes the first, second, and third place winners chosen in each of the nine categories, along with a selection of other entries. Three judges from Louisville selected the featured works from 409 entries. Contact rwilliams@aph.org for more information including entries for the competition in 2014.

October 18
The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents a Multi-Sensory Evening– Beer and Wine Tour from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Chart your own path in the New European Paintings Galleries, 1250–1800 by embarking on a visual tasting tour along the beer route (northern countries) and the wine route (southern countries). Visit five paintings from the Netherlands, Spain, and France and talk with experts at each work of art to connect paintings with the taste and social history of wine or beer.
After exploring the galleries, head to the nearby Great Hall Balcony Bar to check out theTasting Tour Menu, which includes beer and wine flights from related countries.

  • Explore The Annunciation, painted in the fifteenth century by Netherlandish artist Hans Memling, with educator David Bowles and learn about the role of wine in liturgy.
  • Join educator Joseph Loh and historian and beer aficionado George Schwartz for a conversation about Dutch beer and Merrymakers at Shrovetide by Frans Hals.
  • Step into the chaos of a seventeenth-century Dutch home by investigating Jan Steen’s The Dissolute Household with educator Alice Schwarz.
  • Enjoy The Afternoon Meal (La Merienda) by Spanish painter Luis Meléndez with educator and art historian Inés Powell in conversation with wine consultant and journalist Chris Fleming.
  • Travel back in time to the moment champagne was invented during a conversation about The Picnic after the Hunt by Carle Vanloo with educator and art historian Kathyrn Calley Galitz and Andrew F. Bell, President of American Sommelier.

The gallery portion of this event is free with Museum admission. The Balcony Bar menu is available for purchase.

October 26
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum,  Lincoln, MA invites you to experience selected works of art in the Sculpture Park through touch.  These specialized tours led by deCordova’s experienced Museum Guides provide unique access to selected sculptures through a tactile tour designed for the visually impaired and other multisensory learners. Touch tours start at 1:00 p.m. and are free with Museum admission. Visitors who are blind or visually impaired are welcome at deCordova throughout the year.  Please contact dberube@decordova.org  to schedule a specialized tour. Service animals are welcome. Visit www.decordova.org.

October 26
The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, WI
is offering a multisensory gallery tour and hands-on art experience for individuals with low vision and blindness from 10:30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. Join Paul Rhymer, artist in residence, as he successfully melds his work as a taxidermist and bronze sculptor. A second-generation Smithsonian taxidermist, Paul worked for twenty-five years as a model maker and taxidermist at the National Museum of Natural History. He recently served as a judge on the AMC TV series “Immortalized,” a competitive taxidermy reality show. Rhymer also is an avid birder and bird hunter, pursuits that inform his mounts and his sculpture. During his residency, Rhymer shares insights from his dual careers, including lost-wax bronze casting demonstrations, taxidermy tips, and programs for a range of all ages. Call (715) 845-7010 to register or email jhintz@lywam.org for more information.

October 28
The  Lighthouse Club for the Blind visits the University of Cape Town Irma Stern Museum
Visitiors will enter through the Zanzibar Doors, usually closed to visitors, and discuss Irma, the woman, the collector and the artist with verbal imaging of selected works. There will be opportunities to touch Zanzibar carvings, African masks, some of Irma’s furniture as well as one of her palettes and several brushes. Flower arrangements to extend our discussions will allow for multi sensory appreciation. Each participant will be able to catch something of Irma’s energy in small individual arrangements of flowers from her garden. For more information, please contact Sandra Eastwood at saneast@iafrica.com.

Full Program: http://www.artbeyondsight.org/change/aw-calendar.shtml

Participating Organizations: http://www.artbeyondsight.org/change/aw-participants.shtml

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