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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)

A Malady of Migration: A theatrical examination of diaspora, displacement and mental disorders in the 19th century

A Malady of Migration

A theatrical examination of diaspora, displacement and mental disorders in the 19th century

At a time when the issues of migration and mental health are seldom out of the news, CHM has worked with Talking Birds and the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland to develop a new theatre production which explores why the mid-19th century saw a prevalence of mental disorders among Irish migrants.

This follows the successful collaboration with Talking Birds on ‘Trade in Lunacy’ in 2013, and will again use original music, song, humour and sharp characterisations to tell a series of intertwining stories.

The new piece is called ‘A Malady of Migration’ and is based on research being carried out by Professor Hilary Marland of Warwick and Dr Catherine Cox of University College Dublin, in a project called Madness, Migration and the Irish in Lancashire, c.1850-1921, funded by the Wellcome Trust. They are supported by postgraduate students and others, who will conduct supplementary research and take supporting roles in the drama.

Professor Hilary Marland, explains, “This is a chance to showcase our research in a way that is interesting, informative and sensitive, weaving in stories based on patients’ case histories and experiences. The aim is to make the findings of the research available to wider publics and to stimulate thinking and debate about mental illness in the past and present.”

“The performance, based on an insightful and compassionate interpretation of the historical material, reveals both change and continuity in how we view mental illness, its causes and in particular its relationship to displacement, migration, isolation and poverty.”

There will be an expert panel discussion after the Thursday evening performances in each venue and a post performance discussion on Saturday lunchtime, providing opportunities for audience members to discuss the making of the piece with researchers and the theatre company, and to engage in debate on issues raised by the performances. Details of the panellists are on the Expert Panel page – link above and here.

A series of short briefing sheets have been produced to complement the drama and provide background information. These can be accessed from the Background Reading page – link above and here.

Performance dates:

Running time approx. 55 minutes

2 performances a day (lunchtime and evening): Thursday 26th, Friday 27th, Saturday 28th June 2014


2 performances a day (lunchtime and evening): Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th, Saturday 5th July 2014

More about The Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, University College Dublin

Talking Birds is an extraordinary, award-winning theatre company, renowned for working in unusual spaces. More about Talking Birds theatre company


2 performances a day (lunchtime and evening): Thursday 26th, Friday 27th, Saturday 28th June 2014


2 performances a day (lunchtime and evening): Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th, Saturday 5th July 2014

More details are available here.


Performing Medicine Festival – New York Academy of Medicine, April 5th

Performing Medicine: An all-day celebration of medically inclined theater, music, and dance

New York Academy of Medicine

Performers include Dr. Richard Kogan with a musical performance and lecture on creative genius and psychiatric illness; Brian Lobel on his comedic adventures as a cancer patient; Parkinson’s coach and dancer Pamela Quinn on reading bodies; David Leventhal with DANCE FOR PD® from Mark Morris Dance Group/Brooklyn Parkinson Group, and Mount Sinai’s Academy for Medicine and the Humanities on the art of listening. Dr. Danielle Ofri leads a panel discussion, and musicians from Weill Cornell’s Music and Medicine Initiative provide musical interludes.

Throughout the day there will be guided behind-the-scenes tours, your opportunity to get an introduction to our Coller Rare Book Reading Room and Gladys Brooks Book & Paper Conservation Laboratory. Spaces are limited to 20 people per tour; make sure to get your tickets early!

Schedule: April 5th, 11-6pm, more details here.

$15 for NYAM Fellows, Members and Friends of the Rare Book Room, $25 for general admission, Free for students and house staff (ID required).

Collection tours (limited to 20 people per tour) $5, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 4 PM

All prices are $5 higher the day of the event.

See more at:


Seventh European Psychoanalytic Film Festival @ Institute of Psychoanalysis (London)

This October 31, the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival returns with some of the boldest, most thought provoking voices from European cinema in recent years.

‘Secrets’ is the theme that unites our films this year – and one that guarantees a series of lively discussions as screenings bring you face to face with both directors and prominent psychoanalysts.

Since its inaugural year in 2001, epff has been bringing together psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, filmmakers, academics, critics, students and film enthusiasts under one roof.

And once again, over four days of films, lectures, round-table discussions and a packed social schedule, we aim to foster creative dialogue and illuminate new pathways between the arts and theories of the mind.

If you have an interest in cinema and the many ways it can be enriched through psychoanalytical perspectives, this is an event not to be missed.

For more information, click here.

Het Dolhuys and The Madness & Arts Festival (NL)

The city of Haarlem (NL) is currently hosting the third edition of The Madness & Arts Festival (Sept 24 – October 3rd 2010), a festival that focuses on the interaction between art and madness:

Is there a correlation between madness and arts? How do artists acknowledge madness and how does their work influence the way we think about people with psychological disturbances? For ten days, the festival explores these questions within a comprehensive multidisciplinary programme including theatre, dance, film, music, visual arts, literature and poetry. A public meeting and the educational programme open up “madness” for discussion.

The festival site is located next to Het Dolhuys, the National Museum of Psychiatry, and initiator of the festival. There you can meet the artists, drink a cup of coffee with a psychiatrist, eat apple tart from Het Appeltaartenimperium, make your own Rorschach stain, or listen to a daily talkshow with the festival guests.  The Dolhuys also offers a series of daily activities and creative workshops designed for children and young people.

To see the program of the festival, click here.

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