A multi-venue exhibition at UChicago, March 25–June 20, 2014

Imaging/Imagining: The Body as Text

March 25–June 20 at Special Collections Research Center

Imaging/Imagining: The Body as Art

March 25-June 20 at the Smart Museum of Art

Imaging/Imagining: The Body as Data

March 25-June 20 at the Crerar Library

This multi-venue exhibition curated by two physicians at the University of Chicago explores the history of anatomical representation and the evolving relationship between the arts and medical science. On view from March 25–June 20, Imaging/Imagining the Human Body in Anatomical Representation is jointly presented by the Special Collections Research Center at the Joseph Regenstein Library, Smart Museum of Art, and John Crerar Library in collaboration with the UChicago Arts|Science Initiative. The exhibition is free and open to the public. 

Curated by Mindy Schwartz, MD, Professor of Medicine, and Brian Callender, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, the exhibition includes works in a variety of media—drawings, rare manuscripts, sculptures, engravings, x-rays, and even 3-D printed models—dating from the Renaissance to today. It features both imaginative depictions of the human figure made by artists as well as scientific images of the body, and traces the interplay of artistic and medical imaging throughout history.

As Imaging/Imagining reveals, early anatomical illustrations required close collaboration between anatomists and artists, illustrators, and engravers. These images reflected scientific conventions but were also weighted with aesthetic, social, political, and religious meaning. With the advent of the x-ray at the turn of the twentieth century, the disciplines diverged. New imaging technologies allowed medical practitioners to visualize the body as never before. At the same time, modernism and abstraction radically transformed artistic practice, which had for centuries emphasized the centrality of the well-drawn figure. Today, modern medical imaging continues to inform artists’ perceptions of the body while still relying in part on the subjective hand of an expert to reinterpret layers of data into a visual form.

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RELATED PROGRAMS

Saturday, April 5
Family Day: Ultrasounds, Exquisite Corpses
Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Drop by the Smart for an afternoon of family-friendly art activities. Combine ultrasounds with the ultimate Surrealist parlor game to make exquisite corpse drawings from ultrasound images of your internal structures. The ultrasound machine will be operated by Brian Callender, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine and co-curator of the exhibition Imaging/Imagining.*
Free. All materials provided. Activities are best for kids ages 4–12, accompanied by an adult.
*The purpose of the ultrasound demonstration at the Smart’s Family Day is educational only. The ultrasound machine is not being used for any medical or diagnostic purpose.

Thursday, April 17, 3–5 pm
The Body in 3D
The John Crerar Library, The University of Chicago, 5730 S. Ellis Avenue, Kathleen A. Zar Room
Drop by Crerar Library and watch a 3D video tour of the human body including the brain and other internal organs. Using images captured with contemporary medical scanning technologies this looping film will run every 5-10 minutes. 3D glasses will be provided.

Thursday, April 17, 5 pm
Lecture: “Seeing Into and Seeing Through: The Promise and Peril of Imaging”
Regenstein Library, The University of Chicago, 1100 E. 57th Street, room 122
Dr. Richard B. Gunderman, author of X-Ray Vision: The Evolution of Medical Imaging and its Human Significance, will explore the exhibition’s themes in a free public lecture. Dr. Gunderman is Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy, and Vice Chair of Radiology at Indiana University.
Free. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Thursday, April 17, 5:30–7:30 pm
How to Draw Hands
Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
The human hand is notoriously hard to draw. Learn some tricks and techniques during a fun and supportive sketching session.
Free. All materials provided. Open to adults of all skill levels.

Thursday, May 15, 5:30–7:30 pm
Drawing the Body with the Body
Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Enjoy a performance by Mordine & Co. Dance Theater and take part in a gesture drawing and sketching program. The dance, choreographed by Shirley Mordine, is inspired by works on view in Imaging/Imagining. Performing Artists: Simone Baechle, Danielle Gilmore, Joseph Hutto, Emily Lukasewski, Michael O'Neil, and Melissa Pillarella.
Free. All materials provided. Open to adults of all skill levels.
 

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Contact

Julie Marie Lemon, Program Director and Curator
773.702.8029
jmlemon@uchicago.edu

Exhibition Venues

Special Collections Research Center

1100 East 57th StreetChicago, IL 60637

The Smart Museum of Art

5550 South Greenwood AvenueChicago, IL 60637

John Crerar Library

5730 South Ellis AvenueChicago, IL 60637