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Audio Descriptions for the Visually Impaired

The Memorial Art Gallery is delighted to offer detailed verbal descriptions of selected works of art in the Gallery’s collection to visitors who are blind or visually impaired. Popular favorites in the Gallery’s collection have been chosen to launch this new program. These descriptions are available as recordings via cell phones, in Braille at the Admission Desk, and on the Gallery’s website. On the website, the descriptions are offered at original speed, and at a slightly faster version for those who are accustomed to the speed of screen reader programs.

To access these descriptions via cell phone, dial 585.627.4132. Following the introduction, you will be prompted to enter a number for each artwork. Please be aware your regular cell phone charges apply to these calls.

First floor: American Collections:

Lilly Martin Spencer, Peeling Onions, ca. 1852
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Lily Martin Spencer Peeling Onions


Thomas Hart Benton, Boomtown, 1928
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Thomas Hart Benton, Boomtown

John Steuart Curry, Negro Head, 1927
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John Steuart Curry, Negro Head

John Koch, Interlude

Second floor: European collections:

Walter Goodman, The Printseller’s Window, 1883
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Walter Goodman's The Printseller's Window

Claude Monet, Waterloo Bridge, Veiled Sun, 1903
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Claude Monet Waterloo Bridge, Veiled Sun

Frans Snyders and Workshop, The Fox and the Heron, ca. 1630-1640
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Frans Snyders, The Fox and the Heron

William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Young Priestess, 1902
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Young Priestess by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

The verbal descriptions were written by Amy Mednick and edited by Lisa Helen Hoffman, consultant, with additional input from Rene LaTorre of the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired-Goodwill. Thanks to trained audio describer Anita Nicoletta who volunteered to record these descriptions, and to Ruth Phinney who generously donated the recording and production time at WXXI Reachout Radio.

This project was supported in part with funds from the Elizabeth L. and Donald M. Cohn Endowment of the Memorial Art Gallery and the John Steuart Curry Foundation.