Author and visual artist Riva Lehrer discusses her new memoir, “Golem Girl,” and her search for a livable, subversive identity in a society afraid of strange bodies. As Riva immerses herself in disability culture, she becomes an innovative painter whose work honors beauty of all kinds, with her extraordinary portraits interspersed throughout the narrative.
Riva Lehrer is an artist, writer and curator whose work focuses on issues of physical identity and the socially challenged body. She is best known for representations of people with impairments and those whose sexuality or gender identity have long been stigmatized. Her memoir, “Golem Girl,” won the inaugural Barbellion Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. A longtime faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Lehrer is currently an instructor in medical humanities at Northwestern University.
Judy Bolton-Fasman is the arts and culture writer for JewishBoston.com. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Forward, Tablet Magazine, Cognoscenti and other venues. Her memoir, “Asylum: A Memoir of Family Secrets,” is forthcoming in the fall of 2021 from Mandel Vilar Press.
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