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Art Through the Lens of Asperger’s

Today’s reception and reading features local artists

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An exhibition of art and poetry currently lines the walls of the Doric Hall gallery in the Massachusetts State House. The exhibition is about more than skill and creativity, however — it’s about looking behind the canvases and learning about the artists, all of whom have Asperger’s syndrome, a neurological condition generally considered to be a form of autism and characterized by unusual social interaction and communication skills.

Seeing with a Different Eye: Art by Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome is hosted by the Asperger’s Association of New England and is at the State House through June 13. A free reception and poetry reading with the artists takes place today, June 3, from 10 a.m. to noon.

“The exhibit displays the talents and creativity of 30 adults with Asperger’s syndrome. It’s incredible what the artists produce,” says Dania Jekel, executive director of the AANE.

Seeing with a Different Eye: Art by Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome is at the Massachusetts State House, Doric Hall, Beacon Street, through June 13. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Kimberly Cornuelle can be reached at kcornuel@bu.edu.

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  • Anonymous on 06.04.2008 at 2:44 pm

    The Asperger's art exhibit at the State House

    This art exhibit of work by adults with Asperger’s Syndrome shows that people routinely rejected by society as “failures” can often possess extraordinary talent. The artwork shown reveals a unique and exciting take on life. It proves that even if you don’t fit into society’s cookie cutter mold of what constitutes “success” your talents can often outstrip the abilities of those in the mainstream by miles. It is very sad and not a little ominous that the world has such a fixation with surface values that it can’t tolerate people who are “different”.

  • Grace Raymond on 06.05.2008 at 12:15 pm

    Aspergers Art Exhibit

    I was privileged to see the exhibit previously. It was an experience of wonder and awe for me. Although I am not an artist, I appreciate good art. I was enthralled. I wish to thank the artists the poets and all those who made this exhibit possible. God bless you- it was a little bit of heaven.
    Grace Raymond

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