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Explore stories and inclusive interpretations from Disabled and Deaf artists, educators, and visitors at The Met.

A Self-Portrait painting by the African American Painter Horace Pippin. A Black man sits against a blue background from his shoulders up looking directly towards us with deep brown eyes. He is wearing a black suit, off-white yellowish suit, and a striped tie with brown and a golden-mustard yellow.

Considering Horace Pippin

How has art history overlooked the crucial role disability played in Pippin's painting?
Close-up of the marble statue of Nydia, The Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii, made by Randolph Rogers, from her above her shoulders showing a young girl with closed eyes and a hand cupped around her right ear in a gesture suggesting it aids her hearing. Nydia’s face is directly facing the camera. The sculpture is in the American Wing Engelhard Sculpture Court at The Met, a skylit space with direct, dramatic natural light.

Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii

"No place for a blind girl in a city of ash."
Sculpture of a right ear with the canal indicated by a circular hole, traces of red paint, and five syllabic signs carved into the lobe

Celebrating Disability at The Met

Disabled and Deaf artists reflect on work from the Museum's collection.
Illustrated portrait of Lakshmee and Annie Lachhman-Persad

Access to Inspiration

Hear two sisters who are accessibility advocates describe why seeing and making art is fundamental to more than just creativity.
Art Historian and Met educator Emmanuel von Schack standing beside Juan Gris's cubist painting, "Still Life with Checked Tablecloth

ASL Tour of "Still Life with Checked Tablecloth" by Juan Gris

Explore Juan Gris’s cubist masterpiece Still Life with Checked Tablecloth. Presented in American Sign Language.

ASL Tour of "Portrait of a German Officer" by Marsden Hartley

Today on International Sign Languages Day, join art historian and Met educator Emmanuel von Schack to explore Marsden Hartley’s 1914 painting “Portrait of a German Officer” in the The Met’s modern and contemporary art galleries, presented in American Sign Language.

Linbania Jacobson: Caregiving

Watch Episode 8, in which Linbania Jacobson tells the story of how her husband's dementia diagnosis led them to a program at The Met, which affirmed his humanity and gave meaning and joy to her role as a caregiver. Linbania, now a Volunteer with Met Access Programs, says, “I have found my new life.”

Daniel Bergmann: Breakthrough

Watch Episode 6, in which Daniel Bergmann, an Undergraduate Degree Candidate at Harvard University with autism, tells the story of how childhood visits to The Met’s koi pond led to the most important breakthrough in his life. It was only when he learned to spell at age twelve, that he could tell his parents, Meredith and Michael Bergmann, about his discovery.

Michael Zacchea: Catharsis

Watch Episode 5, in which Michael Zacchea, retired Marine Lt. Col. and author, processes his post-traumatic stress in the ancient Greek and Roman art galleries after returning home from the Iraq War.

#MetKids—How Do We Make Art at The Met?

Kids and families in the Discoveries program are celebrating thirty years of making art at The Met, and the halls are packed with young artists. Meet Ian, Graham, and Russell, with special guest reporter Sandra Jackson-Dumont!

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