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Join us for a free tour in American Sign Language of Signs & Symbols, without voice interpretation. The tour begins at 7 pm, with a free pre-tour reception from 6–7 pm.
Drawn from the Museum’s deep holdings of paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs, Signs & Symbols sheds new light on the development of American abstraction during the critical postwar period of the mid-1940s to the end of the 1950s. Many artists active in this period who are often overlooked—Will Barnet, Forrest Bess, Charles Seliger, and Mark Tobey, among others—developed abstract work that remains distinct from many of the concerns associated with the canonized Abstract Expressionists, including large-scale canvases and gestural brushwork. Instead, the exhibition presents a more nuanced narrative, focused on the figurative and calligraphic “signs and symbols” present in much of the highly controlled work from this period and included in this show.
Please note: we regret that complimentary tickets will no longer be available for ASL students. Museum staff/interpreters will not be able to sign student assignments.
Admission to tour and reception is free. Registration is required; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bypass the admissions line and pick up your tickets at the check-in location in the Museum lobby.