Museum Bench #2 is part of a series of benches designed by disabled artist Shannon Finnegan. The benches are a response to the scarcity of seating in art spaces, and New York City more broadly.
We often think about protest in very ableist terms — standing up for something or marching. But, of course, there is also a long history of sitting as a form of protest. Shannon's benches give visitors an opportunity to voice their opinion about seating while also offering them comfort and rest.
About Shannon Finnegan
Shannon Finnegan is an artist making work about disability culture and access. Her work is often intended specifically for a disabled audience and reflects the humor, vibrance, and nuance of our communities. She’s done projects with The Invisible Dog and the Wassaic Project, and is working on a new project with Friends of the High Line. In 2018, she received a Wynn Newhouse Award and participated in Art Beyond Sight’s Art + Disability Residency. She is currently a resident at Eyebeam in Brooklyn, NY.