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This program is online only (via ZoomYouTube, and Facebook Live). Advance registration is required for Zoom participation, including the chance to ask the artist a question (time permitting). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the talk.

Representations of historically marginalized people across the media, the arts, and society tend to be few and far between —  a resounding absence that the artist, writer, and curator Riva Lehrer has spent her artistic practice rectifying. Building on her own experiences, Lehrer’s bodies of work are informed by the rich disability and LGBTQIA+ communities to which she belongs while steeped in the art historical tradition of portraiture. Her work exemplifies a virtuousity and talent for portraiture, while asserting the importance of representation of people who have been historically stigmatized for their physical embodiment, sexuality, or gender identity.

Working at the intersection of the medical humanities and the arts, Lehrer occupies a unique position threading disparate academic disciplines to upend notions of disability, impairment, beauty, and the range of experiences that make us human.

Lehrer joins Hirshhorn assistant curator Sandy Guttman to explore the intersection of art and representation through her powerful portraits and to discuss and read from her 2020 memoir, Golem Girl. 

6:50 pm EDT | Zoom broadcast opens
7 pm EDT | Riva Lehrer in conversation with Sandy Guttman

ASL translation will be provided on Zoom and CART (real-time captioning) will be provided across all platforms. If you have any questions about accessibility for this program, please email hirshhornexperience@si.edu.

This virtual event is part of Talking to Our Time. the Hirshhorn’s online series of free artist talks featuring a diverse group of artists and collectives. View all events!


April 7, 2021
7:00 pm–8:00 pm
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Hirshhorn Museum, Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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