The Art Institute of Chicago offers Elizabeth Morse Touch Gallery
Posted on October 13, 2014
Visitors to the Art Institute of Chicago can experience how the sense of touch can enrich their appreciation of art at the Elizabeth Morse Touch Gallery. The Touch Gallery was designed for visitors with low vision, but everyone can explore the gallery.
Four bronze and marble sculptures of human faces from different time periods and places of origin accompanied by text panels and labels presented in both large type and Braille. Labels were written with the assistance of a consultant, who is blind, from the Catholic Guild for the Blind who explored the works of art while staff recorded his observations. Labels provide historical information and focus on a detailed description of the work of art to guide the visitor in touching.
Through touch visitors can discover the facial expression, accessories, and style of dress as well as discern an artwork’s form, scale, temperature, and texture in ways that sight cannot provide.
The sculptures in this gallery have been carefully treated with a protective wax so that visitors may touch them.
The Elizabeth Morse Touch Gallery is an ongoing exhibit.