Access programs

An Etiology of Omission: Disability In and Out of Protest Art

SAT, Oct 28, 2017
7–9 pm

Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Theater

An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940—2017 invites us to consider what is missing, and why. This program explores disability as a political and aesthetic category in artists’ reckoning with the most pressing issues of their day. 

Disability is rarely articulated as its own category in exhibitions of protest art, yet it is often an unacknowledged presence. Disabled artists, though, have been more specific and pointed in their work, and their artistry revitalizes aesthetic categories by subverting and reappraising the existing representational milieux. Our focus here will be on charting an etiology of the omission of disability—its political, historical, and curatorial roots—and outlining a more complete picture. The Disability/Arts/NYC Task Force (DANT) presents Riva Lehrer, Lawrence Carter Long, Cyrée Johnson, Kevin Gotkin & Simi Linton, and featuring Mat Fraser.

This event is free. Registration is required.


The main entrance of the Museum is accessible with elevator access to all floors. All gender restrooms are available on floors -1, 3, 5, and 8. Service animals welcome. The Hess Theater is equipped with an induction loop and infrared assistive listening system. Accessible seating is also available. Please come fragrance free. Learn more about access services.

If you have questions about accessibility, or requests for accommodations, please email or call (212) 671 1823 (relay calls welcome).