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Verbal Description and Touch Tour: Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970–1980

Fri, Jan 24, 2014  11 AM–12:30 PM

Whitney verbal description tours provide an opportunity for visitors who are blind or low vision and their companions to experience the richness and diversity of 20th and 21st century American art through vivid description and tactile opportunities. Please join us for a tour of Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970–1980.

This exhibition illuminates a radical period of 1970s performance art that flourished in downtown Manhattan, or what filmmaker and performance artist Jack Smith called “Rented Island,” and still remains largely unknown today. Working in lofts, storefronts, and alternative spaces, this group of artists, with backgrounds in theater, dance, music, and visual art, created complex new forms of performance to embody and address contemporary media, commercial culture, and high art.

This event is free of charge. Please call (212) 570-7789 or email AccessFeedback@Whitney.org to RSVP or learn more. Space is limited.


Participants explore a tactile diagram of Charles Demuth's My Egypt (1927) on a touch and verbal description tour. Photograph by Matthew Carasella, 2013

Participants explore a tactile diagram of Charles Demuth’s My Egypt (1927) on a touch and verbal description tour. Photograph by Matthew Carasella, 2013