Art, Anatomy and the Body: Vesalius 500 (NYAM, October 2014)

NYAM's Center for History and Public Health

2nd Annual Festival of Medical History and the Arts

Art, Anatomy, and the Body:

Saturday, October 1​8 • 11:00​ AM – 6:30​ PM

Register now to join us as we celebrate the 500th birthday of anatomist and humanist Andreas Vesalius with a day-long event on October 1​8 from 11​:00 AM to 6:30 PM. Few figures have had as much influence on the arts, learning, and medicine as Vesalius. His groundbreaking De humani corporis fabrica (The Fabric of the Human Body) of 1543 profoundly changed medical training, anatomical knowledge, and artistic representations of the body.

A vibrant roster of performers and presenters will explore the intersection of anatomy and the arts, including the following:

  • Daniel Garrison on translating Vesalius for modern audiences
  • Heidi Latsky’s GIMP Dance Project
  • The comics artists of Graphic Medicine
  • Sander Gilman on posture controlling the unruly body
  • Alice Dreger on inventing the medical photograph
  • Bill Hayes on researching hidden histories of medicine
  • Steven Assael on anatomy in contemporary art
  • Chase Joynt’s Resisterectomy, a meditation on surgery and gender
  • Brandy Schillace on ambivalent depictions of female anatomy in the 18th century
  • Ann Fox exploring extraordinary bodies in contemporary art
  • Lisa Rosner on famous body snatchers Burke and Hare
  • The art of anatomical atlases with Michael Sappol
  • Medical 3D printing demos by ProofX
  • Anatomical painting directly on skin with Kriota Willberg
  • And many more!

“Art, Anatomy, and the Body: Vesalius 500″ is guest curated by artist and anatomist Riva Lehrer.

For more information and guest posts from participants throughout the summer follow our blog Books, Health, and History and join the conversation at #NYAMHistFest.


Saturday, October 1​8, 2014


11:0​0 AM – 6:3​0 PM


The New York Academy of Medicine
121​6 Fifth Avenue at 10​3rd Street, New York, NY 1002​9

Sponsored by

The Brandt Jackson Foundation and
Friends of the Rare Book Room


General Admission – $35
NYAM Fellows, Members, and Friends of the Rare Book Room – $20
Students and Hospital House Staff (ID required) – FREE
Wheelchair Seating and Companion Seat – $35



The New York Academy of Medicine • 1216 Fifth Avenue, NY 10029 • (212)

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