The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium
230 S. Columbus Dr., Chicago, IL
FREE, non-ticketed, and open to the general public.
Aaron Williamson is an artist and writer whose work is informed by his experience of becoming deaf and by a politicized sensibility toward disability. For the past 25 years, he has created more than 300 performances, videos, installations, and public works around the world. Williamson’s artworks are usually devised to uniquely respond to what he encounters in a given situation. He has created artworks in shopping centers, streets, public museums, and galleries, as well as in unusual places such as mountains, rivers, volcanic craters, small islands, and rooftops.
Williamson has received more than 20 artist’s awards and has accomplished numerous projects through funding from the Arts Council England, the British Council, Henry Moore Foundation, and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, among others. He has published several books as well as a number of peer-reviewed chapters, articles, and blogs on subjects ranging from DIY punk, performance art, filmmaking, disability theory, and the artistic process. At a University of California San Diego lecture in 1998 he coined the term “deaf gain” as a counter-emphasis to “hearing loss.” A career-length retrospective of Williamson's work, along with a new large-scale commissioned installation work, will be exhibited at the Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, UK, in May 2019.