Click play to listen. Recorded on November 7, 2010.
is a portrait artist whose work focuses on representations of the disabled body and the experience of disability. She was also a visiting artist at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Gross Anatomy Lab for four years. In this program, Lehrer will be joined by Norman Lieska
, associate professor of anatomy at UIC, to consider variation in the body and its relation to beauty. Blurring the boundaries between the scientific and the expressive, and using a combination of art imagery and anatomical references, Lehrer and Lieska consider how variation may lead to creativity: the more variant a person’s body is, the more a person has to rethink the environment and options for getting from here to there. They will take a look at variation inside the body, consider abnormalities not visible on the body’s surface, and note the slippery play between so-called normal and variation.