Opulent Mobility began with A. Laura Brody's first mobility artwork in 2009 and expanded to a small group exhibit in 2013.
Opulent Mobility 2015 was a groundbreaking international exhibit of art, designs and inventions dealing with disability and mobility including 19 artists and 23 artworks from around the globe.
Opulent Mobility 2017 is live as of November 17th. We recently partnered with Fractured Atlas, so donations to OM are now tax deductible.
2018 will bring mobility workshops, DIY patterns and ideas for personalizing your own mobility devices, a new Opulent Mobility group exhibit, and a partnership in Pasadena.
Let's re*imagine mobility, disability and accessibility together!
2017 and beyond
November 2017: Opulent Mobility 2017 is live November 17th
October 2017: Opulent Mobility was fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas
April 2017: panel discussion at UCLA's Disability as Spectacle conference and virtual talk for the DisArts Symposium
March 2017: Submissions open for Opulent Mobility 2017
October 2016: Invited to take part in the UCLA Tarjan Center Advisory committee as a representative of the arts
September 2016: Opulent Mobility video featured on The Improvised Life
August 2016: Opulent Mobility scheduled exhibit cancelled due to a lack of strong submissions.
This decision was made by both A. Laura Brody and Anthony Tusler.
2015 OM CURATORS
Opulent Mobility 2015 was developed by A. Laura Brody and co-curated by Ms. Brody, Anthony Tusler and Zeina Baltagi.
A. Laura Brody is a professional costume maker and designer who developed Opulent Mobility as a series of artworks, then built it into a juried group exhibit.
Anthony Tusler is a photographer and disability arts activist. His photographs of the 1977 disability occupation of the San Francisco Federal Building are on the resource page of his web site, www.aboutdisability.com.
Zeina Baltagi is a printmaker, teacher and co-founder of the Valley Print Studio.
2009: A. Laura Brody re*imagined her first wheelchair.
2010: Ms. Brody re*imagined her first walker.
2011-2012: Ms. Brody searched for wheelchair accessible places to show her work and researched the lack of design options in assistive technology. She decided to find other creators by mounting a group exhibit.
2013: First group exhibit of Opulent Mobility at the Bell Arts Factory in Ventura, CA. The exhibit featured Zeina Baltagi, Dwight H. Bennett, Ms. Brody, Alan Deforest, Leonard Greco, Barbara Romain, Gwynneth VanLaven and Priscilla Sutton's Spare Parts slideshow.
2015: Opulent Mobility group exhibit at California State University, Northridge's West Gallery. The exhibit featured 19 artists from all over California and as far away as Australia, the United Kingdom, Serbia and Taiwan.
Opulent Mobility 2013 at the Bell Arts Factory in Ventura, CA.
Photos by A. Laura Brody
The Opulent Mobility license refers to the exhibit and its audio descriptions. Individual artworks are the property of the individual artists.