These Centers Are Helping Artists with Disabilities Break into the Mainstream (and the Market)

These Centers Are Helping Artists with Disabilities Break into the Mainstream (and the Market)

Being involved in the planning, research, and curation of these shows exposed me to an alternate art history, and introduced me to an intriguing new generation of makers. This revisionist history made room for artists like the self-taught William Edmondson, the first African American to have an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, in 1937. It also included a deeper understanding of those Art Brut practitioners promoted by Jean Dubuffet. Mainly, my wake-up call gave context to this contemporary generation of artists who traditionally fall outside the art world’s mainstream. While they hail from a myriad of places and circumstances, many are notably developing a practice through studios whose entire mission is to support artists with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

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