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Blind Spot: A Matter of Perception Exhibition Opening Reception
February 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Massillon Museum’s spring exhibition, Blind Spot: A Matter of Perception, will open Saturday, February 18, 2017, from 3:00 to 5:00 in the afternoon. Persons with blindness and low vision and their guests will be welcomed at 1:30 p.m. The Massillon Museum member’s preview will begin at 2:00 p.m. The free public event will include refreshments inspired by paintings in the exhibition and a performance of specially commissioned music at 4:00 p.m. No reservations will be necessary.
Blind Spot: A Matter of Perception is based on ten abstract paintings from the Massillon Museum’s permanent collection by Richard Andres, David Appleman, Julius Faysash, Clare Ferriter, Richard Florsheim, Sherri Hornbrook, Leo Thomas Kissell, Walter Quirt, and Theodoros Stamos. Each painting will be accompanied by a three-dimensional cast aluminum model and a braille label, which all visitors will be invited to touch. Large-print labels will also be displayed. A touchscreen adjacent to each painting will provide an audible description. More than a dozen components will enhance the experience of visiting Blind Spot.
The Museum has commissioned three students from the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Composer Fellowship to each write a piece inspired by one of the paintings in the exhibition. Alex Cooke’s composition is based on Celebration by Richard Florsheim; Joseph Tolonen has written a piece based on Abstraction by Walter Quirt; and Qingye Wu used Shoreline by Julius Faysah as inspiration. A Canton Symphony Orchestra quartet will perform their compositions at the exhibition opening.
Additional exhibition components that guests will encounter at the opening include tactile gallery maps, accessible exhibition design, tactile response artworks created by students at the Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Cincinnati, and low-vision goggles. The exhibition will continue through May 23, 2017, and special programming will be provided throughout its duration.
Blind Spot sponsors include Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Philomatheon Society of the Blind, Fred’s Carpets, Western Reserve Public Media, and the State Library of Ohio Talking Book Program. The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark. An Ohio Arts Council grant enabled Curator Heather Haden to attend the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability conference in Pittsburgh in 2016 to support exhibition development.
Yund’s Carwash and Detail, Bates Printing, MCTV, Cyrus Framing, The Dell Group, Farmers National Bank, Bonnie’s Engravers Gallery and SIgns, Massillon Development Foundation, and the Massillon WestStark Chamber of Commerce are major corporate sponsors.