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Oct. 28, 2016
UNC-Greensboro senior lecturer to present on book, ‘The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art’
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) presents Visiting Artist Dr. Ann Millett-Gallant for a lecture and discussion surrounding her book, The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art, on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 12:15–1:45 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The lecture is free and open to the public.
After receiving a traumatic brain injury in 2007, Millett-Gallant gained a personal perspective and a new set of experiences around art and disability. The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art (2010, Palgrave Macmillan) is the first book to cross disciplines of art history and disability studies by analyzing images of the body in visual culture. Millett-Gallant examines various media in the book—including paintings, sculpture, photography, performance art, medical displays, and 19th and 20th century freak shows—to create a critical dialogue surrounding the work of disabled and non-disabled artists. Millett-Gallant also explores in the book western art history, drawing parallels to sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism and homophobia.
Millett-Gallant is a senior lecturer at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Ohio State University in 1997, and her Master of Arts degree and Doctor of Philosophy in Art History from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2000 and 2005, respectively. This year, Millett-Gallant published a memoir about her injury, recovery, and the role of art in her experiences in Re-Membering: Putting Mind and Body Back Together Following Traumatic Brain Injury, as well as co-edited the first book of essays that crosses the disciplines of art history and disability studies, Disability and Art History. Information about these books and Millett-Gallant’s other activities can be viewed at annmg.com. Millett-Gallant creates films that explore first-person perspectives of brain injury and disability. She is the recipient of the 2010 Choice Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association.
MCA’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series is one of many events that MCA hosts for the community throughout the year. For more information about upcoming events, including the 66th Annual Holiday Bazaar and Fundraiser, visit mca.edu.
Photo: Dr. Ann Millett-Gallant, cover “The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art,” photo by Joel-Peter Witkin
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