An Evening With...

Brenda Jo Brueggemann, "American Deaf Art, History, Community"

Thursday, February 8, 2018

John Brewster Jr., Portrait of a Girl with a Bird (Mary Ann Patten Monson), 1810–13, Oil on canvas, Anonymous loan

Join the Museum in welcoming Dr. Brenda Jo Brueggemann, Aetna Chair of Writing at UConn and scholar of Deaf studies, for a discussion exploring the history of Deaf culture, language, and art in America. Beginning with the 1817 establishment of the American School for the Deaf, Dr. Brueggemann will explore how members of the Deaf community in the United States have imagined and expressed themselves artistically and culturally in the larger context of American art and culture. For example, artist John Brewster, image above, was a deaf artist and known for emphasizing the gaze of his subject, as eye contact and visual cues are important for Deaf communication. What is learned here will provide additional context to NEW/NOW: Francisca Benítez, which explores sign languages through poetry, music, dance, and visual art.


$7 Members*

$15 non-Members

*Free for Circle-level Members and up


Thursday, February 8, 2018 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm