Press

Los Angeles Review of Books

Los Angeles Review of Books

Jan 2, 2022

Define Yourself: Riva Lehrer’s and Jan Grue’s Disability Memoirs

The New York Times: Opinion

The New York Times: Opinion

Oct 31, 2021

I'm Done With the Costumes That Hid the 'Monster' Beneath

Finalists Announced in Sixth Triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition

Finalists Announced in Sixth Triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition

Oct 29, 2021

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has announced the finalists in the sixth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Their work will be presented in “The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today,” a major exhibition premiering at the National Portrait Gallery from April 30, 2022, through Feb. 26, 2023, before traveling to other cities in the United States.

Unboxing the Canon Podcast: On Disability

Unboxing the Canon Podcast: On Disability

Oct 28, 2021

This episode of Unboxing the Canon introduces the topic of disability and the visual arts, looking at both historical and contemporary examples. We consider the near absence of visible disability in the history of Western art and discuss how some contemporary artists are representing disability in powerful ways.

BBC World Service: Outlook Podcast

BBC World Service: Outlook Podcast

Oct 27, 2021

American artist Riva Lehrer was born with spina bifida. She endured countless medical procedures through her childhood and adolescence and was told she would never have a job, a romantic relationship or an independent life. But everything changed when as an adult Riva was invited to join the Disabled Artists Collective, a group of artists, writers and performers who were challenging myths around disability in their work. She tells Emily Webb how she began to paint their portraits - and through her art started to transform the stories she’d been told about herself. (This interview contains language that some listeners might find offensive)

Arts Letters & Numbers

Arts Letters & Numbers

Jul 26, 2021

Artist and Disability Activist Riva Lehrer in conversation with Lawrence Weschler

The New York Times: Opinion

The New York Times: Opinion

Dec 10, 2020

The Virus Has Stolen Your Face From Me

Chicago Humanities Festival with David Mitchell

Chicago Humanities Festival with David Mitchell

Oct 30, 2020

Riva engages in fascinating conversation with David Mitchell

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Interview

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Interview

Oct 23, 2020

Riva speaks to SAIC about her art, stigmatized identities, and the challenge of writing a memoir.

Pure Wow Gift List for Men

Pure Wow Gift List for Men

Oct 21, 2020

Golem Girl listed as Pure Wow's number 33 of 75 Best Gifts for Men

Publishers Weekly: Disability Futures Fellows

Publishers Weekly: Disability Futures Fellows

Oct 15, 2020

Ford, Mellon Team to names Riva a Disability Futures Fellow

Golem Girl named CHIRBy Award Finalist

Golem Girl named CHIRBy Award Finalist

Oct 15, 2020

Chicago Review of Books has named Golem Girl as a finalist for the CHIRBy Award in the category of Nonfiction.

One World Ideas x Action: Art as Resistance

One World Ideas x Action: Art as Resistance

Oct 15, 2020

Riva in conversation with artist Molly Crabapple, moderated by publisher Christopher Jackson.

Lit Hub

Lit Hub

Oct 14, 2020

Lit Hub's The Hub announces Disability Futures Fellows

NYT: Disability Futures Initiative Announced

NYT: Disability Futures Initiative Announced

Oct 14, 2020

Riva is honored to be among the winners of the first Disability Futures initiative, a new fellowship established by the Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support disabled artists.

Open Book with Scott Simon

Open Book with Scott Simon

Oct 13, 2020

Riva visits with NPR's Scott Simon and family on Open Book.

NPR Weekend Edition Interview

NPR Weekend Edition Interview

Oct 10, 2020

Scott Simon speaks to Riva about her new book, which recounts a life growing up with spina bifida.

Amazon Book Review

Amazon Book Review

Oct 1, 2020

Golem Girl named one of Amazon's Best Books of October

Lambda Literary

Lambda Literary

Sep 30, 2020

Golem Girl named October's Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books

Curatorial Talks: Riva Lehrer and Terry R. Myers

Curatorial Talks: Riva Lehrer and Terry R. Myers

Sep 25, 2020

Riva in conversation with Los Angeles-based writer and independent curator Terry R. Myers .

Kirkus Book Review: Golem Girl

Kirkus Book Review: Golem Girl

Sep 16, 2020

Kirkus declares Golem Girl, "An extraordinary memoir suffused with generosity, consistent insight, and striking artwork."

Publisher Press Release: Golem Girl

Publisher Press Release: Golem Girl

Sep 11, 2020

Golem Girl was published by the One World imprint of Penguin/Random House. Christopher Jackson, publisher and senior editor, has established One World as a powerful home for literary social justice. Authors include Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ibram X Kendi, and Mira Jacob.

Mention: Code of the Freaks

Mention: Code of the Freaks

Aug 27, 2020

Shout out from the folks at Code of the Freaks