Art Beyond Sight: Sensory Tour and Art Workshop


Date/Time: Sunday, Oct 20 | Tour: 11:30am–12:15pm;
Chorus: 11:30am & 1pm; Workshop 1–3pm
Admission: Free with Museum admission; Youth 18 and under always free.
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About the Program

The Contemporary Jewish Museum is celebrating Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month by filling the Museum with ways to explore art in a way that transcends visual cues and engages all of the senses. Activities will include choruses responding to artwork in the gallery and lobby, a unique multi-sensory guided tour, and a “Studio of the Senses” art workshop.
Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art will be activated with vocal soundscapes performed by members of the Lesbian and Gay Chorus of San Francisco (LGCSF) and the Lick Wilmerding High School Vocal Ensemble.  Highlights include Paul McCartney’s “Celebration” in front of Rothko’s No. 14, and the Aleph response from "Lamentations of Jeremiah" by Thomas Tallis in front of Barnett Newman’s Zim Zum. Each selection was chosen by the chorus in response to the artwork.
Chorus Schedule:
The chorus will have two performances: 11:30am and 1pm.  The first will be as part of a guided tour, providing a unique way to experience art through verbal descriptions, touch, creative movement, and music.  The second performance at 1pm will not be part of a guided tour.
“Studio of the Senses” Art Workshop:
The art studio will be open for sensory material explorations from 1-3pm. Activities will include a textured collage project, sand paintings, a scent station, and a cornstarch sensory box!
About Art Beyond Sight
Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month is an international initiative to promote art by and for people with vision loss and other disabilities, and to encourage multimodal approaches within the educational and creative sectors.  Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month advocates access to museums and other cultural institutions not only enriches, but improves the lives of people with disabilities by helping them engage more fully with their communities and the world at large.  Learn more about Art Beyond Sight at
This program is presented in partnership with Lighthouse for the Blind and Art Beyond Sight.

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Lead support for Family Programs at the Contemporary Jewish Museum is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Presenting partners include The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and Target. Major support comes from Bank of America. Additional support is provided by Valerie and Norman Snart, in honor of Waldo and Helen Blumberg.



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