YAI Arts is a studio and gallery, based in the Hudson Yards, supporting artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. While YAI artists vary greatly in terms of subject matter and style, many overlap in their predilection toward subjects with bombastic personalities and unorthodox aptitudes. In 2004, psychologists drafted a list of 24 character strengths believed to encapsulate common virtues among people spanning various times, places, and cultures. Curiosity, perspective, leadership, humor and hope are among them. For the past 15 years, positive psychologists have used these qualities to assess individuals, highlighting their abilities rather than deficiencies. This exhibition alludes to and toys with this significant psychological advancement, loosening the terms involved to make space for infinite characters with infinite strengths.
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