NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Museum of American Art will host scholar and UConn Professor Brenda Jo Brueggemann for a discussion about American deaf art, history and community.
The lecture, which is part of the museum’s “An Evening With” series, will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Admission is $7 for members, $15 for non-members and free for circle-level members.
Brueggemann holds the Aetna chair of writing at the University of Connecticut and a scholar of deaf studies.
Her presentation will explore how deaf people have expressed themselves in the larger context of American art and culture, beginning in 1817 with the establishment of the American School for the Deaf.
Artist John Brewster Jr., who was deaf, was known for emphasizing the gaze of his subjects. Eye contact and visual cues are important in deaf communication, according to Brueggemann.
The talk will provide additional context to the “NEW/NOW: Francisca Benitez” exhibition at the museum, which explores sign languages through poetry, music, dance and visual art.
“NEW/NOW” is a series dedicated to emerging and established contemporary artists. The exhibition featuring New York-based Chilean artist Benitez is concurrent to the bicentennial of the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford.
The exhibit is on display through April 20.
For more information, visit nbmaa.org or call 860-229-0257.