The Persistence of Vision

January 27, 2018

The Persistence of Vision: Early and Late Works by Artists with Macular Degeneration, an exhibit we’ve curated with over fifty works, will be held at the University of Cincinnati this summer.
The show will include a selection of pre- and post-macular work by notable visual artists affected by macular degeneration, including Lennart Anderson, Robert Hamilton, Serge Hollerbach, Dahlov Ipcar, David Levine, Robert Andrew Parker, Thomas Sgouros, Hedda Sterne, and William Thon. These artists are highly varied in their approach to making art, and some are still alive and working. Each of them has created a substantial body of work after the onset of macular degeneration, responding to its challenges in highly inventive and individual ways and revealing fascinating continuities between their early and late work. A catalog will accompany the exhibit

We’re also making a film about Robert Andrew Parker, A Is for Artist, in collaboration with Cathleen O’Connell of Desert Penguin Pictures. It will be ready for distribution this summer. We’ll be celebrating Parker with a July exhibit of his work, along with a screening of the film, at Rachel Walls Fine Art in Portland, Maine.

A number of writers and artists will be featured on this site in the coming months, including the artist Dahlov Ipcar; documentary filmmaker Andrea Torrice, who has Stargardt disease, an inherited form of juvenile macular degeneration; Georgina Kleege, a writer with Stargardt who teaches at UC Berkeley and just published a book, More Than Meets the Eye: What Blindness Brings to Art; and the comic book artist Joyce Farmer, who wrote and illustrated her highly acclaimed semi-autobiographical graphic novel, Special Exits (2010), when she was beginning to experience a decline in sight due to macular degeneration.

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