Our first exhibition at the University of Cincinnati (2018), The Persistence of Vision, presented over 50 early and late works by eight artists of the same generation who continued to work with vision loss due to macular degeneration. Included in the exhibition were: Lennart Anderson, Serge Hollerbach, Dahlov Ipcar, David Levine, Robert Andrew Parker, Thomas Sgouros, Hedda Sterne, and William Thon. This exhibition received numerous positive reviews, including at The New York Times and Artsy.
We are currently in the process of developing our next major exhibition, which will continue to explore the intersection of vision loss and the making of art.
Research and Writing
Since 2014, the The Vision & Art Project has been publishing articles online about historical and contemporary artists with macular degeneration; creating compelling slide shows to showcase artists’ work and careers; reviewing books about art, vision, and perception; posting oral histories of artists with macular degeneration; and adding to an ongoing register of artists with macular degeneration. This material is a powerful testament to the largely unacknowledged presence of vision loss in art, particularly that which is due to macular degeneration.
Illustrated Oral Histories
The Vision & Art Project conducts extensive oral histories with important contemporary artists with macular degeneration. Our oral history with Lennart Anderson, first published in Painting Perceptions, was cited in The New York Times on the occasion of Anderson’s passing. Our oral history with Dahlov Ipcar was one of the last interviews she gave before her death.
Video (film) Profiles
We make short video profiles of artists with macular degeneration that feature footage of artists in their studios. Our film about Lennart Anderson has twice been highlighted by The New York Times. Our most recent film about Serge Hollerbach will be screened at the 2021 RUSDOCFILMFEST-3W (New York City).
Special Events / Artist Advocacy
We regularly organize special events, such as film screenings at libraries and galleries. In addition, we make presentations at academic conferences and work with editors at art magazines to develop features about artists on our site.