Expressions of Existence

March 11 - June 11, 2017

Drawn entirely from the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s permanent collection, this exhibition brings together the work of artists who have forthrightly addressed, in varying ways, the effects of physical and mental disability on the creation of art. In the face of opposition, the artists in this exhibition created awe-inspiring artworks that ask us to thoughtfully muse on the inherent hardships and happinesses of being. 

The work, which spans the years 1797 to 2013, is not a display of disability but an expression of all lives which are at once comparable and contrastable—synchronous but separate. With the utmost respect, we present visual expressions of humankind. Viewing them today raises a substantial question: How does one express existence? This exhibition includes works by Jackson Pollock, Wesley Neal Rasko, Marie Laurencin, Chuck Close, Ginny Martin Ruffner, Andy Warhol, Howard Cook, and Francisco Goya, among others.

May 4: Curator's Tour, 12:15pm
From a specialized and personal point of view, exhibit curator Tiffany Street, with Chief Curator Charles Shepard, will take you on a guided tour of this exhibition. The tour is free with gallery admission.

This exhibition has been made possible by the AWS Foundation.



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