Guggenheim educator and art historian Georgia Krantz specializes in descriptive and multi-sensory programs for people who are blind or have low vision, and adapts the utilized techniques for programs for sighted audiences. Her work grew out of recognizing the power of the mind's eye, or "the different ways visitors who are blind or have low vision were experiencing - were seeing - works of art." The potential for sighted audiences to learn from differently sighted audiences is significant. Krantz poses the question, "In a world where everyone sees differently anyway, how is it even possible to precisely reveal the work through the lens of a single viewer?"
Krantz will lead tours of "Several Circles" during which select works will be examined using different techniques adapted from her work with audiences who are blind. Props will be used and, for certain works, lights will be lowered. Visitors will have an opportunity to experience art through various senses, not just the privileged sense of sight. The aim is to sensitize observers to the diverse and nuanced means by which an augmented awareness of the sensorium capacitates an enhanced encounter with art.
Due to the intimate and unique nature of these tours, capacity is limited to twelve people per group. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org at least one day in advance . This tour is organized in conjunction with the exhibition "Several Circles" on view April 4 - May 17, 2014.