On Display: An installation by Heidi Latsky in honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Ballet dancer's feet

NYU Tisch School of the Arts is proud for the second year to host ON DISPLAY December 1-2. Live performances will be presented 12-2pm December 1 and 10:30am-12pm December 2.

ON DISPLAY is a deconstructed art exhibit/fashion show - a commentary on the body as spectacle and society's obsession with body image. Members of the disability, performance, and fashion worlds are often stared at and objectified in their daily lives.  

Reverting the gaze is integral to disability culture. In this installation, the performers have the power to choose what they do or do not reveal, giving them control over a personal journey that cannot help but be affected by an audience. The tenuous and complex relationship between viewer and viewed that exists in performative work also permeates everyday life with people who are different in some physical way and hence draws attention to themselves whether they want to or not.

We invite you to enter the ON DISPLAY experience by photographing, filming, posting your walk through and/or creating your own sculpture within the sculpture court. Use the hashtag #OnDisplay to explore the intersection of art, fashion, and the everyday.

Credits: Film by Paul Galando; Featured fashion garments by Anna Kathleen Little; Architectural Garments Designed by NuVu under the direction of Rosa Weinberg. NuVu is a full-time school for middle and high school students located in Boston. NuVu students use their curiosity and creativity to explore new ideas and topics, and use digital fabrication tools to make their concepts come to life. NuVu is based on the architecture studio model, and students use design to build solutions to real-world problems.