Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Forward....

Outsider Art Environment Tour: France
May 16 - 24, 2012
Palais Idéal, Photo (c) Emmanuel Georges/ Collection Palais Idéal

Join Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in an exploration of the wonderful art environments of France. Centered in Paris, this tour will provide a variety of day trips to various museums and art environments throughout France. Price includes hotel accommodations, breakfasts and 3 group meals as well as ground transportation, entrance fees and English speaking guides during group day trips. For more detailed information on the sites and costs visit http://www.art.org/exhibitions-events/page/2/  and http://www.art.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/2012-Study-Tour_-Outsider-Environments-of-France.pdf

A few spots remain on this trip so join art therapists Randy Vick, Deb Behnke, and Terry Towne on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure!
Alternative Prom at
Global Alliance for Africa

Benefiting Global Alliance for Africa and its Therapeutic Arts Program


Come as you are, come as you were, come as you always wanted to be!
Adults of all ages, singles, couples, and groups welcome!
Prom photos, prom king and queen coronation, corsages, boutonnieres, and more!

7-8 pm cocktail hour and raffle, 
8 pm - midnight dancing 

Second Unitarian Church, 656 W. Barry, Chicago
 Purchase tickets online: $45 ($25 w/ student i.d.)
Art Therapist Wanted
  Immediate Job Opening for Part-Time Art Therapist

Founded in 1975, the Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA) is one of the few comprehensive community-based arts therapy programs in the United States to offer all four creative arts treatment modalities: Art, Dance/Movement, Drama, and Musictherapy.

Please click on the link below. This position has the strong possibility of increasing the number of hours per week.
Featured SAIC MAAT Alum - Sandie Yi
Sandie Yi will illustrate and discuss Crip Couture, her collection of disability fashion, at the de Young Museum (San Francisco) Access Advisors Open House and Disability Arts Festival, 11–noon, Saturday March 31, 2012, in the Koret Auditorium. Free admission. 

Yi’s presentation is in conjunction with the exhibition “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.” Seen as prosthetics, orthotics, or an unsettling dream, Yi’s work elevates disability-inspired clothing to the level of art and high fashion. Freelance curator Amanda Cachia will introduce Yi and talk about current trends in disability art. Disability scholar Anthony Tusler will explain how Crip Couture contrasts with and often surpasses Gaultier’s radical approach to fashion and art. The Crip Couture presentation and Disability Access Day are free.

The first viewing of the art pieces created by Chun-shan (Sandie) Yi. They can be seen as prosthetics, fashion, orthotics, or an unsettling dream. Her art violates our most polite impulses to avoid looking at disability and deformity. In addition to forcing us to stare at a disabled person she elevates disability inspired clothing to the level of art and high fashion. Her nonconventional body structure, two digits on her hands and feet, informs her work. “Gloves Made for Two” is a display and photographs of practical and fanciful gloves that fit her body and displays of gloves that fit any number of fingers up to six. She is the model for her creations clearly showing her hands and feet. In “Project Imperfect” she has sewn infant clothes for babies who are missing limbs.
Close up of Sandie Yi and her gloves
Ms. Yi explains, “I provide intimate and empathetic bodily adornment, not as a correctional physical aid, but as a tool for remapping and engaging with a new physical terrain, one embodied with personal standards of physical comfort and self-defined ideals of “perfection.””

The cumulative effect of Sandie Yi’s art is to confound our beliefs and standards of human beauty. We are challenged to accept the unacceptable notion that deformity can be beautiful, intriguing, and tantalizing without being fetishistic. It is difference raised to a level not of acceptability but of celebration—expanding the aesthetics of fashion and art.

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