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Alice Wong discusses Disability Visibility
July 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the 1990 legislation that recognized disabled Americans’ rights to access public space and be protected from discrimination. Disabled activist Alice Wong, known for creating the Disability Visibility Project, is bringing her work amplifying contemporary disability media and culture offline with the new book Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, which she edited. In the introduction, Wong writes, “I want to center the wisdom of disabled people and welcome others in, rather than asking for permission or acknowledgment.” Disability Visibility is attuned to the nuances of race, gender, class, and sexuality, and how those categories intersect with and transform the lived experience of disability. For example, Keah Brown, the author of The Pretty One, reflects on that book’s debut and the power of her own Black disabled joy in an essay excerpted in Elle last month. Disability Visibility, available as an e-book, an audiobook, and in print, was also translated to a plain language format by Sara Luterman to provide “a radical new kind of accessibility,” as Luterman writes in the forward to that edition. Wong will also be part of a P&P Live! event with Rebecca Cokley and Jen Deerinwater on July 11, where the three will discuss the anthology and disability culture virtually with live captioning and ASL interpretation. The discussion begins at 6 p.m. on July 11. Registration is available at politics-prose.com. Free; donations recommended. —Emma Sarappo
Virtual exhibition tour with Tai Hwa Goh
In a year rife with meditations on the relationship between humans and nature, Tai Hwa Goh‘s evocative print installations offer a chance for more reflection. After a nationally competitive search, her work is on display this month at the Torpedo Factory Art Center as the Target Gallery’s 2020 solo exhibition. Born in South Korea and holding MFAs in printmaking from the University of Maryland and Seoul National University, Goh creates 3D installations using printed and cut paper. She presses thin sheets of beeswax onto paper before arranging them to create an opaque image that captures the eye with a surreal but colorful spark. According to Goh, her work “contrasts between the joyful tropical fantasies of landscape vis-a-vis a land brashly invaded by fragments of American suburbia.” The paper installations in the Target Gallery offer another great example of natural inspiration—in this case, flowers and trees warped into something distinctly unnatural. The artwork highlights humanity’s obsession with beautiful plants and the unnerving effects that obsession has on the world writ large. Goh has been featured multiple times in the D.C. area, including at Johns Hopkins University and the Korean Cultural Center. You can see Goh’s work in person in Alexandria, but sessions are limited by COVID-19 restrictions. There is a virtual reception on July 10, where the public is free to view the art installation and watch an in-depth video walkthrough from Goh herself. The reception will take place at facebook.com/targetgallery at 7 p.m. on July 10. Free. —Tristan Jung