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A Discussion and Reading of Curating Access: Disability Art Activism and Creative Accommodation

November 17, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for


A Discussion and Reading of 

Curating Access: Disability Art Activism and

Creative Accommodation (2022)


with Editor


and contributors



Moderated by Mara Mills


Thursday, November 17, 2022. 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. EST.


Curating Access Book Cover


Image Description: The book cover of CURATING ACCESS: DISABILITY ART ACTIVISM AND CREATIVE ACCOMMODATION. The book title and editor’s name are typed across a white block with a purple border in the center of the cover. The rest of the cover is a collage of different colored shapes.


Table of contents and full author list available at the publisher’s website (where the book can also be purchased). PDF with OCR available here.


Sponsored by: NYU Center for Disability Studies; Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation; Grey Art Gallery; The Center for Ballet and the Arts


Amanda Cachia has an established career profile as a curator, writer and art historian who specializes in disability art activism across intersectional axes of difference, including gender, race, and sexuality in a bid to dismantle masculine and ableist hegemonies. Cachia received her PhD in Art History, Theory & Criticism from the University of California San Diego in 2017. She is the editor of Curating Access: Disability Art Activism and Creative Accommodation (2022) published by Routledge, that includes over 40 international contributors. Her first monograph, Contemporary Disability Art and Institutional Critique, is under review with Duke University Press. In February 2023, Cachia will chair the Feminist Art Project Day of Panels, Art, Gender, and Disability: Aesthetics of Access, in collaboration with Rutgers University Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities for the College Art Association conference in New York, consisting of 2 full days of in-person and virtual panels with disabled artists & scholars. This event has been generously funded by a $50,000 Ford Foundation grant.

Sandy Guttman is an independent curator and graduate student in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to her time in school, she was an assistant curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, where she supported a number of projects including Georgia Saxelby: Lullaby, Manifesto: Art x Agency, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, and Yoko Ono: Four Works for Washington DC and the World. Guttman’s curatorial and research interests focus on the intersection of disability aesthetics and creative accommodations in contemporary art—particularly in time-based media.

Liza Sylvestre is a multimedia artist and Research Assistant Professor within the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign where she has co-founded the initiative Crip*: Cripistemology and the Arts. Her work has been shown internationally at venues including the Plains Art Museum, Weisman Art Museum, Roots & Culture, Soap Factory, Soo Visual Arts Center, John Hansard Gallery, ARGOS, and MMK. Sylvestre has been the recipients of numerous grants, fellowships, and residencies including a 2021 Joan Mitchell Fellowship, artist-in-residence at the Weisman Art Museum and the Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science (CATSS), and a Citizens Advocate Award from the Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing (MNCDHH). Sylvestre’s work has been written about in numerous publications and books including Art in America, Mousse Magazine, Ocula Magazine, Art Monthly, and SciArt Magazine.

Molly Joyce has been deemed one of the “most versatile, prolific and intriguing composers working under the vast new-music dome” by The Washington Post. Her work is concerned with disability as a creative source. She has an impaired left hand from a previous car accident, and the primary vehicle in her pursuit is her electric vintage toy organ, an instrument she bought on eBay which engages her disability on a compositional and performative level. She is a current doctoral student at University of Virginia in Composition and Computer Technologies.


This is a Zoom webinar. CART and ASL are provided. (Please note: if you require captioning and ASL simultaneously, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer, and not a tablet or smartphone.) For other accommodations, please indicate on your RSVP form.




November 17, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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