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Seen and Heard

November 1–December 15, 2019
Education Gallery, 1st Floor

This exhibition by artists from the Institute for Community Living (ICL) explores how art can shape identity and empower artists to reclaim their own narratives, rather than be perceived by others through the lens of a diagnosis or disability. For these artists living with developmental disabilities or mental illness, using the creative process helps to shape others’ perceptions of identity, and deepens their—and our—understanding of how they see themselves beyond preconceptions and prejudice. During monthly visits to our galleries, the artists were inspired by exhibitions such as Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall and Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving.

This is the 14th exhibition created through a dynamic partnership between the Brooklyn Museum and ICL, a New York–based not-for-profit agency that offers services to more than 10,000 adults, children, and families annually.