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 2018 was held at Thymele Arts December 2-8, and the online exhibit is now available for viewing. Many thanks to MobilityWorks Pasadena for helping make this exhibit possible!
Opulent Mobility is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, so any donations to OM are tax deductible.
2019 and 2020 bring mobility workshops, new Opulent Mobility exhibits with Arts Unbound and UCPLA, podcast interviews, and partnerships in Pasadena and Portland. Let's re*imagine mobility, disability and accessibility together!
2016 to 2019
April 2019: Opulent Mobility featured on StoryPunks Podcast, episodes 31 & 32
March 2019: Opulent Mobility collaboration with Ellice Patterson of Abilities Dance Boston featured on Boston Public Radio
January 2019: founder A. Laura Brody interviewed on the podcast "Who Lives Like This"
December 2018: Opulent Mobility 2018 was held at Thymele Arts in Hollywood December 2-8. The online exhibit is now available for viewing.
July 2018: Online talk on mobility, diversity, and inclusion for AIGA DC's Non-Book Book Club, interview on A. Laura Brody and Opulent Mobility for Voyage LA
January 2018: Wagon and wheelchair wheel covers in development for Huntington Hospital's pediatrics ward
November 2017: Opulent Mobility 2017 went live
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
October 2016: Brody joined UCLA's Tarjan Center Advisory committee as a representative of the arts
2015 OM CURATORS
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.