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Art Signs: Programs in American Sign Language

Art Signs

Gallery Talks

Art Signs gallery talks are presented in American Sign Language by Deaf gallery guides. ASL interpreters voice information and observations allowing hearing and Deaf audiences to discover art together under the leadership of a Deaf guide.

View schedule of upcoming Art Signs gallery talks

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Deaf Jam Film Screening, Poetry Slam and Gallery Tours

Sunday, November 6, 2016

How do you fight to be understood? Director Judy Lieff follows a deaf teen who boldly enters the spoken-word slam scene in the award-winning documentary, Deaf Jam. (70min.) Join Lieff and featured artist Manny Hernandez after the film for a Q&A and interactive performance of ASL stories by Gallaudet University students.

    3 p.m. Gallery tours in ASL. Meet in the G Street lobby

    4 p.m. Film screening. McEvoy Auditorium

    ASL Stories performance will begin following film Q&A. McEvoy Auditorium

Events are open to deaf and hearing visitors. ASL interpreters will be available. This program is a collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery.

Check out the event on our calendar.

Art Signs Online Video Series

Can’t make it to the museum? Discover our Art Signs online video series. Researched, written and presented by Art Signs gallery guides, this video series presents their interpretations and reflections on art from our collection.

All videos are available through Art Signs video playlist on SAAM’s YouTube channel.

Achelous and Hercules
Thomas Hart Benton's Achelous and Hercules
Presented by Taye Akinola

Lily Furedi's Subway
Presented by Taye Akinola

Among the Sierra Nevada, California
Albert Bierstadt's Among the Sierra Nevada, California
Presented by Kate Breen

Deborah Butterfield's Monekana
Presented by Tabitha Jacques

Sunflower III
Joan Mitchell's Sunflower III
Presented by Tracey Salaway

Night in Bologna
Paul Cadmus's Night in Bologna
Presented by Renato Souza

The Farmer's Kitchen
Ivan Albright's The Farmer's Kitchen
Presented by Kate Breen

The South Ledges, Appledore
Childe Hassam's The South Ledges, Appledore
Presented by Kate Breen

William H. Johnson's Café
Presented by Tracey Salaway

Allan Rohan Crite's Sunlight and Shadow
Presented by Tracey Salaway

Jodi logoArt Signs Online has been awarded a Jodi Commendation for Sustainable Growth. The International Jodi Award is for museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage websites which widen access to information, collections, learning and creativity for people with disabilities.