When Florence Ludins-Katz and her psychologist husband, Elias Katz, moved to the Bay Area in 1966, the disability rights movement was gaining traction.
Their focus was on providing services for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and over the next 15 years, they opened three art studiosone in Berkeley, one in Richmond, and one in San Francisco.
Now, more than 80 artists with disabilities from all three studios are showing their work at the Oakland Museum of California in an exhibition called Into the Brightness.
It " rejects the outsider-insider distinction and offers a model for how we might begin to recognize the historical importance of the studios and the significance of the artistic production they foster," writes Amanda Marcotte at the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Katzes "believed that creativity doesn't necessarily need to be taught, they believed, but simply given the right circumstances and support to develop," Marcotte writes.
The exhibition "demonstrates how artists now working at these studios still uphold the Katzs' philosophy," writes Marcotte.
Casey Byrnes, one of the artists in the show, was sent to the Iowa School for the Deaf at the age of 2, and the school didn't let him sign, he tells the Chronicle.
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