Accessible America: A History of Disability & Design
200 Hagley Creek Rd., Wilmington, DE
This edition of Hagley Mueseum's Author Talk series features Bess Williamson, Associate Professor of Art History, Theory, & Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, who traces the history of design responses to disability rights from 1945 to recent times. This project shows how the concept of “access” emerged as a value in design in this period. Chapters highlight the ways that prosthetics research led to expanded accessibility in the American home; how medical experts pushed for access while also putting much of the pressure on individual patients to navigate their home and work lives; and how civil rights language reshaped arguments around technology and infrastructure. Please RSVP to Carol Lockman, clockman@Hagley.org, 302-658-2400, ext. 243. Walk-ins are welcome and this event is free and open to the public.