Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery presents Teaching the Body

in BUAG, CFA, Visual Arts
January 29th, 2013

Teaching the Body: Artistic Anatomy in the American Academy from Copley, Rimmer, and Eakins to Contemporary Artists

BUAG Exhibition explores the intersection between art and medicine — January 31 – March 31, 2013

Boston, MA – Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery (BUAG) is proud to present Teaching the Body: Artistic Anatomy in the American Academy, an exhibition curated by Boston University PhD candidate Naomi Slipp, the Jan and Warren Adelson Fellow in American Art.

Teaching the Body: Artistic Anatomy in the American Academy
Friday, February 1 – Thursday, March 28, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 31, 6–8pm
Media Only Press Preview: Thursday, January 31, 4–5pm (RSVP: 617.353.3349 / brookelm@bu.edu)
Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery (855 Commonwealth Ave)
Exhibition and Gallery Events are Free and Open to the Public

Teaching the Body engages with the study of the antique cast, the nude model, and artistic anatomy within the American Academy. Utilizing under represented local collections as well as textual sources, sculpture, photography, and academic preparatory studies, this exhibition gives the visitor a sense of the value of anatomy to the practicing American artist in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, from 1756 to today.

“Artistic anatomy is an important and often overlooked part of the education and working method of an artist,” says Naomi Slipp, curator. “It enables the artist to engage with the interior complexities of the human form, often allowing for a deeper understanding of the correspondences between motion and muscle, flesh and bone, exterior and interior…”

Teaching the Body explores the intersection between art and medicine, tracing the history of anatomy in America as it plays vital roles in both fields. Works by John Singleton Copley, Frank Duveneck, Thomas Eakins, Hiriam Powers, Samuel Morse, Paul Revere, and Kiki Smith pair with anatomy charts, body casts, and scientific notes in a collection of over eighty objects, many never before exhibited.

In addition, Teaching the Body has planned a dynamic and ambitious schedule of events to explore the mysteries of the human body and the myriad ways that American artists have represented the terrain of the body for over 250 years.

Teaching the Body: Artistic Anatomy in the American Academy
Schedule of Events

Thursday, February 7, 4–5pm
Guided Tour with Naomi Slipp, Curator

Tuesday, February 12, 6–8pm
Seeing the Unseen: An Evening Conversation with Artists, Anatomists, and Instructors
With Douglass Starr, Edward Stitt, Lisa Nilsson, and Ann Zumwalt
Sponsored by the Boston University of the History of Art & Architecture

Thursday, February 21, 6–8pm
Flattening the Body: Art, Anatomy, and Print Culture in the Dutch Golden Age
Daniel Margócsy, Assistant Professor of Early Modern History, Hunter College

Tuesday, March 5, 6–8pm
Teaching the Body Lecture: Dr. Elliot Bostwick Davis and John Moors Cabot,
Chair of the Art of the Americas Department, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Sponsored by the Boston University Department of History of Art & Architecture

Tuesday, March 21, 6–8pm
The Apotheosis of Dissected Plate, or Spectacles of Layering and Transparency in 19th- and 20th-Century Anatomy
Dr. Michael Sappol, Historian, National Library of Medicine

Tuesday, March 26, 4–5pm
Guided Tour with Naomi Slipp, Curator

Friday, March 29, 6–8pm
Film Screening in Celebration of Hyman Bloom’s One Hundredth Birthday
Hyman Bloom: The Beauty of All Things, directed by Angélica Brisk

A catalog will accompany Teaching the Body, complete with color plates, a forward by Patricia Hills, Boston University Professor of Art History, and essays by Naomi Slipp, David Dearinger, the Susan Morse Hilles Curator of Paintings and Sculpture and Head of the Art Department at Boston Athenaeum.
Please visit bu.edu/art for the most updated event details.

About Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery (BUAG)
Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery is located at 855 Commonwealth Avenue, inside the College of Fine Arts. The gallery is located on the Boston University campus (BU West T stop on the “B” Green Line). Gallery hours are Tuesday–Friday from 10am–5pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 1–5pm (closed Mondays and holidays). For more information, visit bu.edu/art.