DR. M. Leona Godin’s ‘Aromatica Poetica’ Newsletter: Smell without Imperfection Is Merely Pretty!

Scented/tactile performance, AI at the Whitney, molecules of connectedness, fragrant photos, pressure cooking, dog shit, alchemy/poetry & a half marathon are some of what you’ll find in this edition of the Dr. M. Leona Godin’s Aromatica Poetica Newsletter… ID: The Good Life flyer has a “SOLD OUT” stamp over the June 29 date, a circle around the July 13 date,… Read more

AI Describing AI * Whitney Museum * Photo/Description Journal

Thanks to Bojana Coklyat for inviting me to co-lead a verbal description  tour with Art educator Paula Stuttman at the Whitney Museum on May 9! It was great fun to discuss some of the works in “Harold Cohen: AARON” with the help of Be My AI, an app for blind people powered by GPT4 that produces robust, nearly instantaneous image… Read more

The Good Life: A Scented Storytelling Journey of Growing Disabled with Dad * 2 Performances!

I didn’t know my dad until I surprised us both with a visit to Wiesbaden, Germany  when I was 19. Our relationship was always as adults—adults who like to drink and eat! Our relationship became complicated—as they do—over time. We never lived in the same city let alone the same household. Our visits and conversations fueled by compressed time and… Read more

The 2024 Brooklyn Half Marathon- My First Half Marathon!

I began showing up at Achilles NYC—a running/walking/rolling group that pairs disabled athletes with volunteer guides—last summer after many years away. I was sporadic until I met a young woman named Gillian. On our second run, we flirted with the idea of doing the NYC Marathon. She’s doing Chicago like a month before, and said something along the lines of:… Read more

New York Public Library Talk: “Image Description and the Critical Blind Gaze” – In-Person on March 8

I’m thrilled to present “Image Description and the Critical Blind Gaze” at The New York Public Library (NYPL) in-person on March 8, 2pm! Free, but please register. About the Talk Author and scholar M. Leona Godin uses photographs in the Library’s collections to explore the strange relationship between sighted photographers and blind subjects. The photography division of The Miriam and… Read more