The Art of Disability


Invite Full Radius Dance to your sensory-friendly museum event or gallery featuring a new or existing exhibition. Become a collaborator and/or a partner location for The Art of Disability!

The Art of Disability is a new way to experience a gallery setting through a disability-centric lens: artworks created by artists with disabilities; that depict disability; or that can be interpreted through a experience of disability. In consultation with the curator, education manager, or another invested individual, we'll look through the exhibition and determine which artworks fit into this criterion. Our dancers will use these to create original choreography premiered within the gallery space. Become a collaborator and/or partner for The Art of Disability!

Accessibility Requests 

Full Radius Dance will always have an ASL interpreter at an Art of Disability location. If you require another accommodation to participate in the program, please note it in your registration or contact us at [email protected] two weeks in advance. If it is less than two weeks, please reach out to us in order to discuss a solution. 

In the foreground, Matt (a white male with closely cropped dark hair) sits in his wheelchair with his hands tightly clasped behind his back. He's looking towards Ashlee (a tall white woman with dark hair pulled back off her face), also with her hands behind her back. Only the back of her head is seen. Courtney (a whitle woman with her hair tightly pulled back and also with her hands behind her back) looks at Ashlee. Framed between Mat and Ashlee is Laurel with her back to the camera. Laurel, a white woman with short hair, is in her wheelchair with her hands tightly clapsed behind her back. The setting is predominately white - a white marble floor and a white ramp railing.
Full Radius Dance at the High Museum of Art (2020)


Benjamin Reiss, a Samuel Candler Dobbs professor and department chair at Emory who is a leader in the university’s Disability Studies Initiative, notes that people with disabilities can experience a museum exhibition much differently: “People with visual impairments, people who are deaf, people who move in wheelchairs, who are short in stature or who have distinctive cognitive functioning have different experiences of the artworks that are on display in a museum — and at times this can reveal new insights about the works themselves.”

The Art of Disability project was created by Douglas Scott in 2019. Full Radius Dance partnered with the Disability Studies Initiative of Emory University to conduct extensive research into the High Museum of Art's permanent collection. Together, we identified thirteen disability-centric artworks. Full Radius Dance chose four of those to inform a new dance which premiered at the High’s Second Sunday on July 14, 2019. The artworks: a jar by David Drake, an artist with a disability; Minotaurus by Nandipha Mntambo, which challenges preconceptions of the human body; a stainless steel sculpture by Anish Kapoor that expresses different ways to experience the world; and an oil painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat of a body that does not adhere to societal stereotypes of “normal.”

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