On Display All Day
Amphitrite, Deanna Kruger
Acrylic on recycled XRay/MRI film
Chicago artist, Deanna Krueger, received her BFA summa cum laude from the University of Michigan, and her MFA from Eastern Michigan University. In her
“Shards” series, she creates hybrid sculptural paintings with acrylic monotypes on medical diagnostic film that is then torn apart and reconnected with staples. The
aesthetic of the large abstract pieces is both high tech and primordial. Her work has exhibited in numerous venues nationally, in Rome and Berlin, and resides in private, corporate and museum collections in the U.S., London, Caymans Islands and Australia.
Perspective, Molly Joyce
Perspective is an ongoing project featuring disabled interviewees responding to what access, care, interdependence, and more means to them.
The project began in a 2019-20 fellowship at Halcyon Arts Lab in Washington, DC, during which legendary disability activist Judith Heumann asked why I refer to my left hand as “weak.” I have an impaired left hand from a previous car accident, and this question motivated a larger rethinking of weakness and further terms, specifically asking what these terms mean to interviewees across a range of disabilities, experiences, and more.
The project has seen multiple formats, ranging from in-person installation, dance performance, to virtual and interactive talkbacks. Past presenters include Americans for the Arts, Hirshhorn Museum, Bemis Center, The Great Northern Festival, Halcyon, The Peace Studio, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Surel’s Place, and National Sawdust. The project was released as an album in October 2022 on New Amsterdam Records, in celebration of Disability Employment Awareness Month.
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. Molly’s creative projects have been presented and commissioned by Carnegie Hall, TEDxMidAtlantic, SXSW:EDU, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Bang on a Can Marathon, Danspace Project, Americans for the Arts, National Sawdust, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, National Gallery of Art, Classical:NEXT, and in Pitchfork, Red Bull Radio, and WNYC’s New Sounds. She is a graduate of Juilliard, Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Yale, and alumnus of the YoungArts Foundation. She holds an Advanced Certificate and Master of Arts in Disability Studies from City University of New York, and is a Dean’s Doctoral Fellow at the University of Virginia in Composition and Computer Technologies. She has served on the composition faculties of New York University, Wagner College, and Berklee Online. For more information: www.mollyjoyce.com
A Memory Of Joy
Outside Dance Studio
Title: Memory of Joy. 2022. Oil on canvas. 16 by 20 inches.
This piece began with figures of the dancers, Robby Williams and Conner Cornelius. Inspired by Jennifer Ruggieri’s rendition of “El Coqui”, the artist's palate was infused with yellow, reds, and orange, to visually narrate ‘Memory of Joy’. As the artist worked with layers of oil paint, the expression of joy was translated into colorful abstractions and movement surrounding the dancers. The ambiguity of the dancer's face is purposefully done to invite viewers to project themselves onto the work. Disability is a necessary, generative, and beautiful aspect of life.
Genevieve Ramos (she/her/ella) is an American painter and a disability advocate/activist. Her visual works present in an expressionist aesthetic with vibrant colors on canvas. Conceptually, she focuses on feminism and disability. Ramos began painting in 2011 after a car accident and has been exhibiting work since 2013. She is also a member of the Pinturas Mexicana’s collective, founded in Chicago.