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By Gary Indiana

In the summertime of 1962, Andy Warhol unveiled 32 Soup Cans in his first solo exhibition on the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles—and despatched the artwork international reeling. The responses ran from incredulity to outrage; the poet Taylor Mead defined the exhibition as “a significant slap within the face to America.” The exhibition positioned Warhol at the map—and reworked American tradition ceaselessly. virtually single-handedly, Warhol collapsed the centuries-old contrast among “high” and “low” tradition, and created a brand new and noticeably smooth aesthetic.In Andy Warhol and the Can that offered the World, the dazzlingly flexible critic Gary Indiana tells the tale of the genesis and effect of this iconic murals. With power, wit, and great perspicacity, Indiana recovers the excitement and controversy of the Pop paintings Revolution and the bright, tormented, and profoundly narcissistic determine at its forefront.

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This alternative viewpoint removes the stigma and negative value judgments associated with abnormal bodies and minds, and instead views difference as simply part of being human. These two different viewpoints have been very useful to scholars in the humanities who research the cultural value placed on disability. Thus, it might be helpful to distinguish these viewpoints by separating deviance, Introduction, Background, and History 9 which accepts a firm boundary between normal and abnormal and assigns a negative value to abnormality and disability, from difference, which is a neutral view of variation as a key component of humanity.

This attitude toward Deafness as difference can be seen, for example, in parts of the PBS documentary Through Deaf Eyes (Garey & Hott, 2007).  I function like any other hearing person can. My deafness does not deprive me of anything. I can do anything I want. ” Perhaps, as Brenda Brueggemann suggests in “The Tango: What Deaf Studies and Disability Studies Do,” the Deaf community’s eagerness to separate itself from the disabled community indicates that disability still has deviant status and is still viewed as negative.

In The History of My Shoes and Darwin’s Theory of Evolution (2007), Fries creatively and convincingly weaves his own (disability) experience with the development of Darwin’s theory of evolution to illustrate how Darwin’s ideas yield insights into how disability fits into (and is natural in) culture. Viewing disability as difference allows for positive, or at least neutral, attitudes toward disability to be adopted. Since in our culture disability is largely understood as deviance from the norm, it can be difficult for disabled people to advocate for their experiences as different but not necessarily negative.

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