Thursday, November 4, 2010

Anatomica Aesthetica: Mütter Museum Photographs and H. F. Aitken Illustrations from the Dittrick Medical History Center

A joint exhibition by the Dittrick and Mütter museums to be held at the Reinberger Galleries of the Cleveland Institute of Art, November 5, 2010 – January 2, 2011

Opening and reception November 5. Anatomica Aesthetica brings together art and medicine, as found in the collections of the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia and the Dittrick Medical History Center in Cleveland.

From the Mütter comes an exhibit curated by Laura Lindgren (Blast Books) showcasing more than a decade of work by contemporary fine-art photographers. This exhibition includes images from the museum’s renowned historical photography collection alongside contemporary images that extend the boundaries of traditional photographic subject matter. Guest curator Laura Lindgren brings together aesthetically diverse photographers inclu ding Shelby Lee Adams, Max Aguilera-Hellweg, Gwen Akin andAllan Ludwig, Candace diCarlo, Dale Gunnoe, Steven Katzman, Mark Kessell, Scott Lindgren, Olivia Parker, Rosamond Purcell, Richard Ross, Ariel Ruizi Altaba, Harvey Stein, Arne Svenson, William Wegman, and Joel-Peter Witkin.

From the Dittrick comes a display of art from the H. F. Aitken collection comprising some 2000+ sketches, drawings, paintings, prints, and books from the estate of Hamlet Frederick Aitken (1872 - 1939), an artist and medical illustrator from Massachus
etts. The Aitken collection reveals the professional emergence of biomedical illustration just as surgery and medicine were put on a new scientific basis around 1900 in medical centers such as Baltimore, Boston, and Cleveland. During his career, Aitken worked with leading figures of American surgery and anatomy, including Harvey Cushing, Frank H. Lahey, and John Collins Warren, as well as the leading medical illustrator Max Brödel at Johns Hopkins University.

Through the display of a selection of Aitken’s artwork, curated by CIA student Maggie Pierce, we are able to witness the career of a medical artist in unique detail, and to better understand the emergence of American medical illustration in this pivotal period.

Guest curator Laura Lindgren's lecture will be followed by a public opening and reception: Friday, Nov. 5 from 6 PM to 8 PM . Free and open to the public. Handicap access available.

Contact the gallery for more information on its public programs.

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  1. Lindsay Rosenwald Lindsay Rosenwald initiated his professional studies at Pennsylvania State University in 1973 after graduating from Abington High School.

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