Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind

New exhibition by artist Teresa Jaynes explores the nature of perception.
Now on display at the Library Company of Philadelphia.
The Library Company presents a major new exhibition entitled Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind. Organized by the library’s Visual Culture Program (VCP at LCP)and curated by artist-in-residence Teresa Jaynes, the exhibition is inspired by the Library Company’s Michael Zinman Collection of Printing for the Blind. By juxtaposing her multisensory artwork with historical materials documenting the education of the visually impaired in the 19th century, Jaynes explores the nature, foundations, and limits of perception. Common Touch is on view April 4-October 21, 2016, Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4:45 pm, Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia.
Common Touch immerses visitors into a world of discovery in which history intersects with new forms of tactile expression.  Complemented by 19th-century personal narratives, raised-print textbooks, and teaching tools of the visually impaired, Jaynes original works will challenge our cultural assumptions about the interrelationship between art, sight, and the history of disability.


Common Touch exhibition in the main gallery of the Library Company of Philadelphia.

For more information about the exhibition and its accompanying programming, visit commontouch.librarycompany.org. Common Touch has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Teresa Jaynes
For more than 25 years, Teresa Jaynes has created installations and artists’ books based on extensive research in special collections and libraries. She is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, as well as grants from the Independence Foundation, Art Matters, National Endowment for the Arts, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Jaynes received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She has exhibited her work in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, and The Rosenbach Museum & Library. 
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