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Access Is Love

Thursday, January 28, 2021, 12PM - 1:15PM

VENUE: Online

Montalvo Box Office: 408-961-5858

Access is Love
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Join disabled activist, media maker, and consultant Alice Wong and visual artists Jason Lazarus and Siebren Versteeg as we explore tactics for making protest accessible to all and giving voice and visibility to communities at the margins. Wong will discuss her work as Founder and Director of the Disability Visibility Project, and her recent edited book, Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century (2020). Lazarus and Versteeg will describe their recent project Public Public Address, a nationwide virtual protest in support of Black Lives Matter that prioritizes the civic engagement of individuals who are immunocompromised and their caregivers, people with disabilities, and precarious community members. Together we’ll examine how access can be a form of creative practice and an act of love.

Closed captioning will be available for the duration of this episode. A transcript will be made available after the event. If you have questions about accessibility for this event, please email us at

Hosted by: Donna Conwell, Curator, Lucas Artists Residency Program and Kelly Sicat, Director, Lucas Artists Residency Program.


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Jason Lazarus is an artist exploring vision and visibility. His work includes a range of fluid methodologies: original, found and appropriated images, text-as-image, animated GIFs, photo-derived sculptures made collaboratively with the public, pigment-inks-as-image, live archives, LED light images, and public submission repositories among others. This expanded photographic practice seeks new approaches of inquiry, embodiment, and bearing witness through both individual and collective research and image production. Lazarus organizes PDF-OBJECTS, an international nomadic sculpture library featuring artist-selected readings sculpturally paired with everyday objects; Coco Hunday, an alternative exhibition space in Tampa, FL providing solo exhibitions, artist-lectures, and new scholarship on emerging and mid-career artists; is a Co-Founder of #firstdayfirstimage, which asks artist-educators to actively rethink and broadcast their curricula starting with the first image shown to students on the first day of class; and is Co-Founder of Chicago Artist Writers, a platform that invites artists and art workers to write traditional and experimental criticism with a focus on under-represented arts programming in Chicago. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Art and Art History at the University of South Florida.


Siebren Versteeg mines the digital realm for content, hacking and manipulating systems of image dissemination found in cyberspace. Creating algorithmic programs that respond to and distort online content, Versteeg then presents the results as still painterly abstractions, or displays the programs on monitors balancing choice and chance. Versteeg received his B.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago and his M.F.A. from University of Illinois at Chicago. He has had solo exhibitions at the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; the Museum of Art at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; the Art Institute of Boston; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; and 1R Gallery, Chicago. His work has been exhibited in group shows at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland; the Krannert Art Museum, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois; and the National Museum of Art, Prague; among many others. Versteeg currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


Alice Wong is a disabled activist, media maker, and consultant. She is the Founder and Director of the Disability Visibility Project, a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to creating, sharing and amplifying disability media and culture created in 2014. Alice is also a co-partner in four projects:, a resource to help editors connect with disabled writers and journalists, #CripLit, a series of Twitter chats for disabled writers with novelist Nicola Griffith, #CripTheVote, a nonpartisan online movement encouraging the political participation of disabled people with co-partners Andrew Pulrang and Gregg Beratan, and Access Is Love with co-partners Mia Mingus and Sandy Ho, a campaign that aims to help build a world where accessibility is understood as an act of love instead of a burden or an afterthought. Recognized for her service to the community and activism at the local and national level, Alice received the Beacon Award by the San Francisco Mayor’s Disability Council in 2010 and the Disability Service Award by the University of California, San Francisco in 2011. From 2013 to 2015 Alice served as a member of the National Council on Disability, an appointment by President Barack Obama. Alice is the recipient of the 2016 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award, an award for emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the broader cross-disability community. Recently, Alice launched the Disability Visibility podcast in September 2017 and published Resistance and Hope: Essays by Disabled People in October 2018. In 2018 Alice was featured in the Bitch 50, a list recognizing the most impactful creators, artists, and activists in pop culture influential feminists by Bitch Media and Colorline’s 20 X 20, a group of transformative leaders reimagining what it means to advance racial justice. In 2020 Alice was named by Time Magazine as one of 16 people fighting for equality in America. Alice published and edited #ADA30InColor, a series of essays by disabled people of color in July. Alice was featured with multiple activists on the cover of British Vogue’s September issue. For the Pop Culture Collaborative, she guest edited Break The Story Volume IV: Disability Visibility, a snapshot of disability culture. Along with 19 other disabled artists, Alice was named a Disability Futures fellow, a grant by the Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Alice also received Indiana University Bicentennial Medal for her contributions to disability justice and broadening the reach of IU around the world. Currently, Alice is the editor of Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, an anthology of essays by disabled people, available now by Vintage Books (2020).

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