What makes a body beautiful? Is it symmetry and perfect skin? Or is it uniqueness—the subtle and not-so-subtle differences that prove each one of us is not like anyone else?
Body as a Work of Art: More Than Skin Deep, a new, original exhibit at The Health Museum, dives deep into this conversation, challenging visitors to think beyond beauty stereotypes.
The exhibit gathers work from multiple artists.
“It is really about encouraging people to define [beauty] intrinsically,” said LaTanya Miles, director of education and public programs at the museum.
One section of the exhibit, “Scar Stories: Portraits of Survival,” offers dramatic black and white photographs by photojournalist Cody Duty that depict Texas Medical Center patients with visible scars. The photos originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of TMC Pulse magazine. Visitors to the exhibit are invited to select the portraits on a touch screen to learn more about the patients and the stories behind their scars.
Another photographic component of the exhibit is “Positive Exposure” by Rick Guidotti, whose images depict individuals living with genetic, physical, behavioral or intellectual differences. Guidotti’s portraits aim to change social attitudes around individuals perceived as different.
“BODYSUITS,” another piece of the exhibit, comes from Los Angeles-based artist Sarah Sitkin, who created life-size molds from real bodies that allow museum visitors to step into someone else’s skin. Sitkin has turned real bodies into wearable garments.
Still another portion of the exhibit, “Hidden Beauty,” offers the work of Norman Barker, a professor of pathology and art as applied medicine at Johns Hopkins University who explores art at the cellular level.
“‘Hidden Beauty’ was created when Norm was looking at diseased cells under the microscope and he thought, ‘These could be on the walls of an art gallery,’” Miles said. His work, she added, speaks to the paradox that something harmful can also be beautiful.
“Hidden Beauty” also inspired “Beautiful Affliction,” by costume designer Cherie Acosta. The ethereal gowns in Acosta’s collection carry colorful lavender designs inspired by diseased cells— cytomegalovirus and leukemia among them—and were developed for a dance piece about illness. A video of the dance performance is available for viewing in the museum’s McGovern Theater.
In addition to Body as a Work of Art, a new collection, entitled “The Texas Medical Center Experience,” uses an interactive timeline to highlight the history of medical innovation and the individuals responsible for several groundbreaking accomplishments. This collection also gathers artifacts from the Texas Medical Center and the John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center.
Body as a Work of Art: More Than Skin Deep will be on display at The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Drive, through Jan. 11, 2019. Information: 713-521-1515 or thehealthmuseum.org.
@virjiniablog Looking good. Good luck!
If you are in crisis and need to speak with a crisis responder, please call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1.Qualified VA responders are standing by to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. https://t.co/AvBkaOZGXF
@sfaiz212 Thanks for sharing the info.
@GHATSdotORG It was our pleasure.
RT @UHCougarMBK: With his first assist tonight, senior point guard @g_robinson1 now has 100 this season..Joins Derrick Daniels (1988-92)…
RT @UHpres: 18th win by Cougars🏀 today defeating USF. Go Coogs!
RT @UHCougarMBK: GREAT to have Hall of Famers Otis Birdsong and Elvin Hayes cheering for us in Tampa tonight#ForTheCity #GoCoogs https://…
.@pacificu Optometry alumnus, WWII Vet establishes scholarship for other Veterans https://t.co/uExOZIo7Z5 via @pacificu
Dogs provide healing to Veterans living with PTSD https://t.co/Q08f0zaNjD via @newscentermaine
RT @BCMHouston_News: ICYMI: Read @bcmhouston's @PeterHotez thoughts on vaccines and autism via @thehill https://t.co/2ESQGkjzVq
For Latino Patients, Having A Shared Identity With A Doctor Can Strengthen Trust: https://t.co/ngzZ8xgeNt via @KUT
MD Anderson Cancer Center@MDAndersonNews
RT @KellyKhunt: Starting off our breast cancer session at the *17th Oncology Update: Advances & Controversies is @MDAndersonNews Dr. Mari…
MD Anderson Cancer Center@MDAndersonNews
@andregv07 @PhysRelations @lanierparking Andrea, we understand that you’re frustrated and are working with your patient advocate and the valet to address your concerns. Someone will be in touch; you can also contact your advocate directly about your concerns.
If you're visiting the @HoustonMarathon EXPO, stop by our booth to learn more about Texas Children's Fun Runs. https://t.co/ugHxRZcOJs
If someone in your home is recovering from a cold or the flu, it's important to clean your home to prevent further exposure. https://t.co/oBapO4cutA #flu #colds