Emphasizing Observation in a Gallery Program for Blind and Low-Vision Visitors: Art Beyond Sight at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Bridget O'Brien Hoyt

Abstract


The article recreates a gallery conversation with blind and low-vision visitors focused on The Judgment of Solomon, (c. 1640) by Matthias Stomer. Rather than passively receiving the interpretations of the facilitator, participants work together to build an understanding of the painting as a whole from the details described. The article goes on to give a history of the program's development including a nuanced evaluation of the merits of handling objects as an aid to comprehension.

Key words: Museum access for the blind and visually impaired, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, art education for the blind, verbal descriptions of visual art.  Audio description of visual art, guided description. 

 


Keywords


museum access for the blind and visually impaired; Museum of Fine Arts; Houston; art education for the blind; verbal descriptions of visual art; audio description of visual art; guided description

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v33i3.3737

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