Sunday, December 3, 2023 11am to 12pm
Sunday, December 3, 2023 11am to 12pm
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You’re invited to ON DISPLAY HARVARD 2023 in commemoration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd. ON DISPLAY HARVARD is in collaboration with ON DISPLAY GLOBAL, a worldwide movement installation and social justice initiative created by physically-integrated dance company Heidi Latsky Dance.
The Office for the Arts (OFA) Dance Program has been an ambassador of the work for the last five years, presenting ON DISPLAY HARVARD at accessible locations across campus as well as virtually each year, building a community of partners and diverse performers to bring awareness of disability justice, art, and culture to Harvard's campus and beyond.
This year, in partnership with the Harvard Art Museums, ON DISPLAY HARVARD 2023 will be presented in the Calderwood Courtyard, free and open to the public. The work questions societal "norms" about disability and celebrates difference as an affirmation of our humanity. Audience members are invited to wander through the installation at their own pace and trajectory over the course of the hour and view each performer up close.
Performers– a mix of Harvard students and community members– will create sculptural compositions of their own making, on their own terms, and which will evolve in real time. The installation allows performers and the public alike to explore what it means to see and be seen, in slowness and silence.
The work will also be viewed live around the world via ON DISPLAY GLOBAL’S 24-hour Zoom and Livestream platform. Performers will wear unique art pieces created by students in Harvard's Graduate School of Design (GSD).
ON DISPLAY HARVARD 2023 is part of Beyond Access: A Celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities at Harvard, a project in partnership with (snobs._) and other students in the GSD.
Beyond Access is a winner of a 2023 Culture Lab Innovation Fund (CLIF) grant through the Harvard Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging.
For In-Person Installation at Harvard Art Museums:
Sighted guides and audio description will be offered at 11am (meeting at Quincy St. entrance) for Blind and visually impaired audiences; a pre-show haptic tour with description of wearable art will be at 10:30am. The Harvard Art Museums building is accessible for visitors using wheelchairs and other mobility devices.
For Virtual Installation on Zoom:
Audio description will be offered via a conference call line:
Dial by phone: +1 309 205 3325
Meeting ID: 943 0339 7434
International numbers available: https://harvard.zoom.us/u/aVT3GRPYU
If you anticipate needing any additional type of access service or if you have any questions about attending ON DISPLAY HARVARD 2023 either in person at Harvard Art Museums or virtually, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome the conversation!
Top image: "ON DISPLAY HARVARD 2023" centered prominently in large white font. Beige background with square photos from ON DISPLAY HARVARD 2022 lining the left side and bottom of the square. "Part of Beyond Access: In Celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities at Harvard" beneath with additional event info. Photos show diverse performers in all white and in wearable art pieces made of laser cut paper triangles strung together. They are in the midst of performing the installation, in different positions of stillness and repose. Photos show audience members standing and watching performers; an audience member using a white cane is represented and there is an audio describer providing description for audiences with visual impairment. Logos of Harvard Art Museums, (snobs._), Heidi Latsky Dance, Beyond Access, and Harvard Culture Lab Innovation Winner are aligned at the bottom.