In a recent article celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Pompidou Center in Paris, its president, Serge Lasvignes, said “Access to culture and art is crucial to opening minds and learning how to deal with what’s different and foreign.” The inverse is also true: Opening minds and learning how to deal with what’s different is crucial to making art and culture accessible. Continue reading
The Musée de la Musique in Paris is 20 years old this year! My children were in primary school when we attended the opening. Nowadays, we only go for performances at the Amphitheatre or Salle des Concerts in the same building. I took my now adult son back to the museum recently to see how it has evolved in terms of accessibility.
The second annual Accessibility Week at the Louvre Museum raises public awareness of its commitment to making the museum more accessible and more welcoming to visitors of all ages and abilities. Beginning on Wednesday January 25, 2017 Continue reading
Water is undoubtably as fascinating as it is necessary to all earth’s creatures. Many autistics, like our son, are particularly drawn to bodies of water, mesmerized by rain, even obsessed with appliances that use water. Although this attraction requires vigilance from his caretaker Continue reading
In the spirit of the Toussaint (All Souls) school holidays, I took a departure from writing about seeing art differently. Instead this post, subtitled Creepy Contemporary Art at the Petit Palais, is Continue reading
When is hand flapping appropriate? According to those who tried to teach our son « quiet hands » such behavior is socially unacceptable. The ombromane however, elevates the fluid movement of his hands to an art form called shadowgraphy. Coupled with a musician whose fingers seem to fly over the keyboard renders les quatre mains a poetic art performance. Philippe Beau conceived Les Ombres Errantes to music by Francois Couperin and performed with pianist Iddo Bar-Shai at the Auditorium du Louvre on Saturday October 8. Continue reading
Finding one’s way around the Musée du Louvre in Paris beyond the iconic glass pyramid is not easy to say the least. Continue reading