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Future Exhibitions

speechless: different by design

April 25–September 6, 2020

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Art installation featuring a space covered with dots and circles of varying sizes and colors.

Steven and William Ladd, Scroll Space, 2019. Photo: Nick Lee.

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Rendering of an art installation featuring a man standing by a huge light blue and lilac bulbous form.

Misha Kahn. New work for speechless, computer-generated rendering, 2019. Courtesy of Misha Kahn.

Organized by the High Museum of Art and the Dallas Museum of Art, speechless: different by design merges research, aesthetics, and innovative new design to explore the vast spectrum of sensory experiences and new approaches to accessibility and modes of communication in the museum setting.

The exhibition will debut new work by six leading and emerging international designers and design teams—Ini Archibong, Matt Checkowski, Misha Kahn, Steven and William Ladd, Laurie Haycock Makela, and Yuri Suzuki—whose projects were informed by conversations with specialists from prominent academic and medical institutions. Their site-specific installations and new commissions will create participatory environments and distinct situations in which senses merge or are substituted for one another. By harnessing the power and impact of design, speechless will offer audiences unconventional multisensory experiences that foster understanding of the varied ways in which we experience the world through our senses.

Organization and Support

speechless: different by design is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Dallas Museum of Art.

Support for the exhibition in Atlanta is provided by wish Foundation.

wish Foundation logo.

This exhibition is made possible by

Premier Exhibition Series Sponsor
Delta logo.

Exhibition Series Sponsors

Northside Hospital logo.

Warner Media logo.

Premier Exhibition Series Supporters
The Antinori Foundation
Sarah and Jim Kennedy
Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot

Benefactor Exhibition Series Supporter
Anne Cox Chambers Foundation

Ambassador Exhibition Supporters
Tom and Susan Wardell
Rod Westmoreland

Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters
Lucinda W. Bunnen
Marcia and John Donnell
W. Daniel Ebersole and Sarah Eby-Ebersole
Peggy Foreman
Robin and Hilton Howell
Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Jones
Joel Knox and Joan Marmo
Margot and Danny McCaul
The Ron and Lisa Brill Family Charitable Trust

Generous support is also provided by
Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, The Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Isobel Anne Fraser–Nancy Fraser Parker Exhibition Endowment Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund, Katherine Murphy Riley Special Exhibition Endowment Fund, Margaretta Taylor Exhibition Fund, and the RJR Nabisco Exhibition Endowment Fund.