Process and Presence Supplemental Videos

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​The following videos offer a deeper understanding of the history, artistic practices, and community groups featured in the exhibition, Process and Presence: Contemporary Disability Sculpture.

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Tom Olin Interview

​Artist: Tom Olin

Year: 2015

Medium: Video

Courtesy of DisArt

Disability as a Cultural Identity

Harmful stereotypes and physical barriers often make it difficult for Disabled people to receive equal treatment, equal rights, and equal access to education, employment, and public spaces. The works of art in the gallery, created by national, and international artists, collectively increase the visibility, value, and voice of Disabled people and help visitors reimagine Disabled people as contributing members of society.

Tom Olin is well-known for photographing the Disability Rights Movement. His iconic photographs were part of a DisArt exhibition in 2015 titled Access is a Civil Right: The Photography of Tom Olin.

Petra Kuppers | Detroit Performs Clip

​Artist: Detroit Public TV

Year: 2016

Medium: Video

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Photo is a Screenshot from the video

Community and the Artist

Supportive communities allow people to thrive. Many of the artists featured in this exhibition have found their unique, artistic voices thanks to the support and collaboration found within their communities. These include schools, galleries, workshops, and studios as well as informal groups of like-minded artists and advocates.

“Petra Kuppers is a performance artist and disability culture activist who thrives in community art.” - Detroit Public TV

Giving Artists With Disabilities a Space to Thrive

Artist: Great Big Story

Year: 2018

Medium: Video

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Photo by Kendra Larsen

Community and the Artist

Supportive communities allow people to thrive. Many of the artists featured in this exhibition have found their unique, artistic voices thanks to the support and collaboration found within their communities. These include schools, galleries, workshops, and studios as well as informal groups of like-minded artists and advocates.

“Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, California, is the world’s first and largest nonprofit center dedicated to giving artists with disabilities the space to let their talents shine. Since 1974, the center has served hundreds of artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities who lacked formal education in the arts. The studio helps to provide the tools, the space and the inspiration needed to grow into professional, exhibited artists. Today, artists represented by Creative Growth have been invited to the Venice Biennale, have had their works acquired by MoMA, and remain in high demand among collectors around the world.” - Great Big Story