Opulent Mobility 2020 is open for submissions!
Please submit your artwork that re-imagines disability as opulent and powerful. The deadline to submit is July 31, 2020 at 5 PM PST.
Opulent Mobility began with A. Laura Brody's first mobility artwork in 2009 and expanded to a small group exhibit in 2013. The 2015-2019 exhibits included artists from all around the US and the world.
Opulent Mobility is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, so any donations to help us grow are tax deductible. Let's re*imagine mobility, disability and accessibility together!
2016 to 2020
March 2020: Design collaboration with Abilities Dance Boston premiere March 13-14
September 2019: Opulent Mobility 2019 at Arts Unbound
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
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.
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.
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.
2011-2012: Ms. Brody searched for wheelchair accessible places to show her work and researched the lack of design options in assistive technology. She sought other creators by mounting a group exhibit.
2010: Ms. Brody re*imagined her first walker.
2009: A. Laura Brody re*imagined her first wheelchair generously donated by Peter Soby.
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.