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A Day at the Museum

In October, New York’s Guggenheim Museum debuted The Mind’s Eye: a Sensory Guide to the Guggenheim New York, a series of 10 audio tracks, each of which describes aspects of the museum structure itself, rather than the works within. New Yorkers like actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, actor Bobby Cannavale, and Marilee Talkington, actor (Law & Order: SVU, See) and activist and advocate for performers with disabilities, vividly describe the approach to the museum, the threshold, flow, suspension, sound, light, scale, touch, incline, and continuity. The Mind’s Eye guide is free of charge and available through the Guggenheim Digital Guide on the Bloomberg Connects app; on podcasting platforms, including SoundCloud and iTunes; and through The Guide is part of the museum’s free Mind’s Eye Program for art lovers who are blind or low vision. NPR suggested The Mind’s Eye to listeners, whether blind, low vision or sighted, as “a vivid escape for those of us stuck inside during the pandemic.” Says Talkington, “”I feel that I’m able to access what most people visually access. This sensory guide I feel is for us — it’s for my community. But it’s actually for everybody.”