NEW YORK.- VSA arts' groundbreaking new media exhibition, Renascence, which offers a new platform for personal expression and interaction, premieres at the World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery. Renascence is the first new media exhibition that captures the disability experience, said Soula Antoniou, president of VSA arts. We're excited to bring this dynamic exhibition to New York , a city long known for redefining artistic boundaries.
New media allows artists to engage in humanity through digital formats that are accessible to everyone. There are 650 million people living with disabilities throughout the world, according to the United Nations---the world's largest minority. Renascence brings revelations from international artists that change perceptions both about disability and the role of new media in the traditional art world.
HIGHLIGHTS - New Yorker Leon Lim's four-part multimedia installation, Leon Lims Silent Story, uses a video format to test the boundaries between the hearing and the Deaf world by flashing contrasting images from the two communities. Video, photography, and a blog depict artist Hans Bernhard's life with a mental disability in Psych/OS cycle. Mary Behr's interactive sculpture MOVE! is a direct response to the invasive nature of airport security checkpoints for those with artificial joints.
The exhibition also features Newhouse Award winner Lihua Lei's 40-foot installation, Phantom Pain. Transparent, butterfly-like wings float over glass casts of the artist's own legs. Lei, who has polio, invites the viewer to reflect upon the vulnerabilities and transformations of the body.
VSA arts is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. VSA arts provides educators, parents, and artists with resources and the tools to support arts programming in schools and communities. VSA arts showcases the accomplishments of artists with disabilities and promotes increased access to the arts for people with disabilities. Each year millions of people participate in VSA arts programs through a nationwide network of affiliates and in 55 countries around the world. VSA arts is an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. For more information visit www.vsarts.org.
The exhibition will be presented in association with the arts> World Financial Center program, an innovative series of free performances, exhibitions, installations, and festivals created to showcase emerging as well as established artists. arts>World Financial Center, celebrating its 20th Birthday, serves as the leading showcase in Lower Manhattan for visual and performing arts, and is sponsored by American Express, Merrill Lynch, Brookfield Properties and Battery Park City Authority. For more information visit www.worldfinancialcenter.com/ae/.