Perception & Ability
Evergreen Museum & Library
Perception & Ability will be an exhibition at the Johns Hopkins University’s Evergreen Museum & Library in Baltimore that addresses the way imposed labels affect our perceptions of an individual’s abilities. While labels, such as disabled or handicapped, are used to categorize individuals within society–not even the art world has escaped this practice–they show little regard to how individuals define themselves, or how they defy such labeling.
In example, the one time owner of Evergreen, John Work Garrett (1872-1942), had a tubercular hip from a carriage accident as a child. Ambassador Garrett was considered "crippled" (using the vernacular of that period), but he refused to adhere to the level of ability associated with such labeling. He graduated from Princeton University, traveled the world collecting precious objects, and led a successful diplomatic career with the American diplomatic estate that culminated with his appointment as United States Ambassador to Italy during the Hoover Administration. In consideration of such, this exhibition will highlight the unique design of the house, alterations of which responded to the physical needs of Ambassador Garrett. Jurors will select artists based on how their work addresses the above issues in a contemporary manner through personal context and experience and to the lesser degree of Ambassador Garrett’s history and the history of his residence.
· What is your experience with the correlation between labeling and the resulting perceptions?
· Do you, like Ambassador Garrett, defy a label that’s been given or assigned to you?
· How do you perceive yourself, and how does that affect the label you choose?
· Are you sensitive to the way others perceive your abilities?
· Do you try to affect those perceptions in your own way?
If your artwork relates to Perception & Ability through the above list of questions, a story similar to Ambassador Garrett’s, or in a different way, follow the guidelines below and submit the attached form with images of completed work by December 30, 2012*. Selected artists will be notified on January 14, 2013. Please email questions to email@example.com
Perception & Ability is an exhibition that partners Evergreen Museum & Library with the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) through a MICA Curatorial Practice M.F.A. candidate.