Visitors who are blind or partially sighted are invited to join us for an interactive verbal description and touch tour in the museum’s galleries. The tour incorporates verbal imaging techniques and the museum’s Touch Collection, which includes objects that are expressly meant for handling. A trained museum educator will facilitate a 90-minute gallery tour exploring the current exhibitions.
The works revealed in the collection of Audrey B. Heckler are grounded in a variety of human experiences. They have been mainly gathered at a time when their creators—all self-taught—were marginalized by the art mainstream, a context that defined their artistic status temporarily. Rooted in particular mindsets, far away from traditional artistic references, these artworks demand that we search elsewhere for answers and keys to untangle their idiosyncratic vocabulary and creative process. The perspective for this exhibition, which is centered on an individual approach to each work and its maker, invites us to consider them as memory palaces, which are visualizations used to organize and recall constellations of information in an ever-expanding mental landscape.
Heckler’s collection is emblematic of the growth of the field of self-taught art in the United States, which manifests a strong interest for African American artists, a curiosity for European art brut, a consistent attention on American classics, and a search for international discoveries. Known for her keen eye, Heckler has surrounded herself for the last twenty-seven years with excellent examples by the most significant artists in this art niche.
Space is limited; registration is required. Contact Rachel Rosen at 212-595-9533, ext. 381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.