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Art is for everyone!

According to U.S. census data estimates from 2012, the number of independent people with disabilities living in the Lehigh Valley is 81,000 or 12.7%.

LUAG is committed to providing access to its exhibitions and Teaching Collection for all visitors, including those with low vision, blindness, or diminished sight. We hope to dismantle barriers that prevent people from visiting our galleries, contribute to a more disability friendly community, and to cultivate new audiences for the visual arts in our region.

To this end, LUAG provides audio descriptions of selected artworks. Audio descriptions use nonvisual language to communicate aspects of the visual world. Through verbal accounts of the subject matter and composition, audio descriptions help visitors experience works of art in the museum setting. In addition, tactile diagrams (or low-relief models) are available to help visitors encounter artworks using the sense of touch.

Audio Descriptions

Visitors to the LUAG Lower Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center can experience recorded audio descriptions of ten works in the exhibition “…OF THE AMERICAS: Contemporary Latin American Art from the LUAG Teaching Collection.” Visitors can also access these recordings online. Click on the items listed below to visit their individual pages and hear the audio descriptions.

Untitled, 1999

Belkis Ayón
Offset lithograph on paper, 6/40
LUG 04 1080
Currently on display
Location: ZOELLNER, Lower Gallery

Composition in Yellow, White, and Red from the series: Jai-Alai, 1969

Jesús Rafael Soto
Serigraph on plexiglas, 237/300
LUS 79 1002 B
Currently on display
Location: ZOELLNER, Lower Gallery

Retrato de Mujer en Disfraz de Carnaval (Portrait of Woman in Carnival Costume), c.1920

Carlos and Miguel Vargas
Gelatin silver print
LUF 2014 1189
Currently on display
Location: ZOELLNER, Lower Gallery

Spanglish Language Sandwich on Plate, and Spanglish Language Analysis onBodega Bag, 2000

Adál Maldonado
Assemblage with photograph
LUF 02 1012 A,B
Currently on display
Location: ZOELLNER, Lower Gallery

Les Presento A Mi…Defunta Madre (Let Me Introduce You To My…Deceased Mother), 2010

Pedro Farías-Nardi
Inkjet print
LUF 13 1019
Currently on display
Location: ZOELLNER, Lower Gallery
Cloud Pigment Print by Luis Cruz-Azaceta

Cloud, 2014

Luis Cruz Azaceta
Archival pigment print
LUG 2014 1045
Currently on display
Location: ZOELLNER, Lower Gallery

Novia en la Mansión Montes (Bride at the Montes Mansion), c. 1930 (2006)

Martín Chambi
Selenium toned silver gelatin print
LUF 13 1079
Currently on display
Location: ZOELLNER, Lower Gallery

Frida in Bed (with Head Resting – Looking Up), Casa Azul, Coyoacán, 1949

Héctor García
Gelatin silver print
LUF 2015 1313
Currently on display
Location: ZOELLNER, Lower Gallery

Blue Head from De Orbe Novo Decades Portfolio, 1989

Oswaldo Guayasamín
Lithograph
LUG 92 1012 L
Currently on display
Location: ZOELLNER, Lower Gallery

La Confesion, Saavedra, 1980 (1993)

Cristina García Rodero
Gelatin silver print
LUF 08 1381
Currently on display
Location: ZOELLNER, Lower Gallery


 

Audio Commentary

LUAG also uses recorded audio commentary to enhance the experience of all visitors.  For the exhibition Bartram’s Boxes REMIX (Fall 2016),  the following guide provided audio recordings of the individual artist statements, read by our museum volunteers.

Thanks to…

This project is made possible, in part, through the generous gifts of Morning Star Rotary Club of Bethlehem, Lehigh Valley Arts Council, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Guide by Cell.

The audio description recordings are courtesy of Augustine Ripa, Professor of Theater at Lehigh University. The recordings were done by Steve Lichak, Lehigh University Digital Media Studio.

The texts for our audio descriptions and commentaries were made possible by our dedicated staff and volunteers: Delia Chatlani, Diane DeBaune, Jane Desnouée, Linda Ganus, Vince Gentilcore, Laura Fay, Barbara Kozero, Patricia McAndrew, Mary Newbegin, and Denise Stangl.