Discussion with Dustin Gibson, Robert McRuer, and Liza Sylvestre

Moderated by Minh Nguyen
Thursday, February 25, 7:00 p.m.

FREE / Live captions / ASL Interpretation

Join us for a cross-disciplinary discussion with disability activist and educator Dustin Gibson, scholar and Crip Theory (NYU Press, 2006) author Robert McRuer, and This Set of Actions is a Mirror curators Liza Sylvestre and Minh Nguyen.

This program is part of This Set of Actions is a Mirror, a multipart program exploring expressions of disability culture and politics in artists’ moving images. Two related film and video programs, New Channels of Access and Compensation, stream in the Gene Siskel Film Center Virtual Cinema February 22–28 and February 25–March 3.

Dustin Gibson, Robert McRuer, Liza Sylvestre will discuss the works in This Set of Actions is a Mirror's screening programs, art's relationship to broader disability discourse, and the development of a disability justice framework that addresses the nexuses of race, class, gender, and sexuality.  The conversation will be moderated by Minh Nguyen.

ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS

Robert McRuer is professor of English at George Washington University, where he teaches disability studies, queer theory, and critical theory. He is the author, most recently, of Crip Times: Disability, Globalization, and Resistance (NYU Press, 2018), which focuses on disability art and activism in the UK and elsewhere, examining the ways in which disability is an undertheorized component of a global austerity politics. He is also the author of Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability (NYU Press, 2006), as well as numerous other books and articles. With Anna Mollow, he is co-editor of Sex and Disability (Duke University Press, 2012), and with David Bolt, the general co-editor of the six-volume series A Cultural History of Disability (Bloomsbury, 2020), which includes volumes from antiquity to the modern age.

Dustin Gibson is guided by the aspiration, legacies, and pursuit of liberation. He develops he[art]work that embodies a practice of disability justice that can live, build, support, and be implemented by marginalized communities to address the nexus between race, class, and disability. Gibson brings lived experience, scholarship, histories, art, and resources into classrooms, neighborhoods, and carceral institutions to support people in collectively imagining and building a world free from institutionalization and incarceration. He has taught various courses at middle schools, high schools, prisons, and law schools. Gibson has worked with all three Centers for Independent Living in the Pittsburgh region and has held positions with both of the national Independent Living organizations. He co-founded Disability Advocates for Rights and Transition, an organization led by disabled people that works to end the institutionalization of disabled people and support them in navigating systems to live in their communities. He is the access, disability, and language justice coordinator at PeoplesHub, a peer support trainer with Disability Link in Atlanta, and a founding member of the Harriet Tubman Collective.

Liza Sylvestre is a multimedia artist and curator of academic programs at the Krannert Art Museum. Sylvestre’s work has been shown nationally at venues including the Plains Art Museum, Weisman Art Museum, Roots & Culture, Soap Factory, Soo Visual Arts Center, and John Hansard Gallery. Sylvestre has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including both an Artists Initiative and Arts Learning grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, a VSA Jerome Emerging Artists Grant, a fellowship through Art(ists) on the Verge, an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (in conjunction with Soo Visual Arts Center), and a fellowship from the Kate Neal Kinley Foundation. She has been the artist in residence of the Weisman Art Museum and the Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science (CATSS) and in 2019 she received a Citizens Advocate Award from the Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing (MNCDHH). Sylvestre’s work has been written about in Art in America, Mousse Magazine, SciArt Magazine, and the Weisman Art Museum’s Collaboration Incubator Program site

Minh Nguyen writes about art and organizes exhibitions and programs. Her writing has appeared in ArtAsiaPacific, Art in America, and AQNB, among others. She has organized exhibitions, screenings, and programs at the Wing Luke Museum, King Street Station, Northwest Film Forum, SOIL Gallery, and Gene Siskel Film Center, and is currently working on an exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center.

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RELATED SCREENINGS

New Channels of Access
Multiple artists, 1995–2018, USA, 72 minutes, open captions
Streaming February 22–28, Gene Siskel Film Center Virtual Cinema

Compensation
Zeinabu irene Davis, 1999, USA, 95 minutes, ASL, open captions
Streaming February 25–March 3, Gene Siskel Film Center Virtual Cinema

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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago recognizes the activism and advocacy of our colleagues with disabilities working to dismantle exclusionist and ableist culture, prior to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 and ongoing today. SAIC is committed to accessibility, equity, and sharing work made by artists with disabilities through this program and other efforts; nevertheless, it acknowledges there is much work to be done.