An Art Exhibition in Cincinnati and a New Film

January 27, 2018

The Persistence of Vision: Early and Late Works by Artists with Macular Degeneration, currently on view at the University of Cincinnati, includes 50 pre- and post-macular works by notable visual artists affected by age-related macular degeneration (AMD), including Lennart Anderson, Serge Hollerbach, Dahlov Ipcar, David Levine, Robert Andrew Parker, Thomas Sgouros, Hedda Sterne, and William Thon. These artists are highly varied in their approach to making art, and some are still alive and working. Each of them has created a substantial body of work after the onset of macular degeneration, responding to its challenges in highly inventive and individual ways and revealing fascinating continuities between their early and late work. A catalog accompanies the exhibit.

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Our film about Robert Andrew Parker, A Is for Artist, made in collaboration with Cathleen O’Connell of Desert Penguin Pictures, will be screened for the first time this summer--details forthcoming. We'll then be making it available on our website beginning in August. To correspond with the release of the film, Rachel Walls has organized a major exhibition of Parker's work at her gallery, Rachel Walls Fine Art (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), on view now through the end of the summer.

A number of writers and artists will be featured on this site in the coming months, including documentary filmmaker Andrea Torrice, who has Stargardt disease, an inherited form of juvenile macular degeneration; Georgina Kleege, a writer with Stargardt who teaches at UC Berkeley and just published a book, More Than Meets the Eye: What Blindness Brings to Art; Cynthia Schira, a textile artist who has recently begun to incorporate clay into her creations, and Agnès Varda, whose vision loss is central to her most recent, award-winning film, Faces Places.


You should look at the work of Heidi Strunck, Irving, Texas Also look at the maclear degeneration series by Frank X. Tolbert2, Houston, Texas
What a fantastic idea for an exhibition. The images in the NYTimes article are very beautiful. Thank you for this! bravissimi!
Thank you so much. The work in the exhibition is truly breathtaking, and we're glad the NYT article showed that.
I read with interest the article in the NYT today about this exhibit at the university of Cincinnati. I felt it odd that the exhibit did not include the Cincinnati based artist, Paul Chidlaw. He was a brilliant abstract artist who suffered from macular degeneration later in life as well. His way of addressing his failing vision was to create beautiful blacks an white charcoal sketches - a stark contrast to his explosive earlier works, but no less exquisite.
Dear Vicci, Thanks for your comments. We learned of Paul Chidlaw's macular degeneration only this past year, and this exhibition has been in the works for over two years. Both his early and late works are profound, and we're looking forward to profiling him this year and hopefully including his work in our next exhibition.
Can you give us a link to the university museum for details on visiting and the length of the show? thanks.
Dear Sandy, Thanks for your inquiry. Here is a link to the UC Meyer's Gallery website: If you use Facebook, more information can be found at the UC DAAP Galleries page. Please feel free to reach out to me directly if you have any other questions:

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