Over the next few weeks, a number of museums are providing tours online with verbal audio description for visitors who are blind or have low vision:
On April 12, 2022 from 3 to 4 pm Eastern Time (ET), the Brooklyn Museum’s virtual verbal description tour highlights their “recently reinstalled European Art galleries” in “Monet to Morisot: The real and Imagined in European Art.” The exhibition features nineteenth and early twentieth-century art by artists born in Europe or its colonies. The tour will be followed by a discussion. For details or to register, go to: Virtual Verbal Description Tour.
On April 21, 2022 from 2 to 3:30 pm ET, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is offering a virtual tour with descriptions of works of art in conjunction with the exhibition “Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room.” The exhibition showcases Seneca Village, “a vibrant nineteenth-century community of predominantly Black landowners and tenants…” who “flourished in an area just west of The Met, in what is now (New York City’s) Central Park.” For more information and to register, click on: Picture This!—Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room.
On April 28, 2022 from 2 to 3:30 pm ET, the Jewish Museum presents a “descriptive teleconference tour exploring The Hare with Amber Eyes.” This program, which corresponds to a current museum exhibit, conveys the story of the Ephrussi family, who rose to prominence in the nineteenth century and Charles Ephrussi, an avid art collector and historian, through the loss of the family’s fortune and collection “to Nazi looting” during World War II. To learn more and register, check out: the teleconference tour exploring The Hare with Amber Eyes.
On May 5, 2022 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm ET, the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) is hosting a virtual tour with “rich verbal descriptions that invoke a multisensory experience.” The program, led by a docent, provides highlights from SAAM and the Renwick Gallery, which features “contemporary craft and decorative arts.” Sign up for America InSight Online: Verbal Description Tours here.