Barrier Free


A Socially Engaged Art Installation

November 7 – November 16, 2017

Exhibition Overview

"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." - Maya Angelou                

Barrier Free is a socially engaged art installation designed by artist Yancy Villa-Calvo for Latino Memphis about the impact of barriers. Throughout history, humans have built walls to protect, define and divide. Some walls are physical, others are intangible barriers. Regardless of their composition, barriers keep people from being able to reach their goals or desired destination.

Photo: Kat Netzler/BRIDGES

Barrier Free will be on view on the Brooks Museum plaza from Tuesday, November 7 through Thursday, November 16. This installation is in conjuction with the musuem's fall exhibition, Coming to America: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach, 1914 - 1945, which focuses upon four immigrant artists.

Artist Yancy Villa-Calvo uses the power of art to promote the idea that we need to celebrate unity, diversity, and inclusion. Barrier Free is a celebration of inclusivity, an opportunity to reflect on its challenges, and a call to action on the work ahead as we continue to build a society that embraces the contributions of a diverse world. Barrier Free is a thought - and action-provoking - experience open to interpretation. The time to reflect, engage and support is now.

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Watch this video to learn more about this project from artist Yancy Villa-Calvo.