Images of Disability
Maeve McBride '20, Conroy Intern
Published by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, 2021, 4 pages
Disability is about perception as much as it is about a medical diagnosis. People with disabilities have to contend with societal assumptions that they are less than. Triumphant narratives of people "overcoming" their disabilities to accomplish ordinary tasks, such as getting a job, playing sports, or creating art, are frequently used as feel-good human-interest stories in the news. Recently, activists in the disabled community have started to challenge the beliefs that their stories, and lives, are "inspiring." Keeping in mind stereotypes about people with disabilities, this exhibition explores how people with disabilities are represented in works from the Hood Museum of Art.