The dawn of a new profession
This extraordinary exhibition allows viewers to appreciate the defining event, a century ago at Johns Hopkins, when the new profession of medical illustration was established. In this chronologic display of graduates' work, viewers will understand how the dissemination of knowledge in visual media has advanced science and medicine in the 20th century. It documents changes in media and subject matter, from pathology specimens to molecular interactions. Original Brödel illustrations are on display, including work never seen outside the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine.
Founded by Max Brödel and endowed in 1911, this unique department in the School of Medicine has continuously trained many of the country's most outstanding illustrators. Among Max Brödel's first generation of students were six pioneers who dedicated themselves to furthering emerging fields of medicine at Johns Hopkins. These "Hopkins Greats" were exceptional medical illustrators, teachers, and in some cases, researchers. A special feature of the exhibit showcases the work of these outstanding individuals: James Didusch, William Didusch, Annette Burgess, Dorcas Padget, Leon Schlossberg and Ranice Crosby.
Showcases of wonder
In seven wooden and glass showcases in the exhibit, the breadth of Max Brödel's talent is evident. Featured here are his student work, his non-clinical masterpieces including portraiture, design of invitations and bookplates, and his marvelous landscape "etchings" on bracket fungi!
Comprehensive, unique, and novel
This exhibit offers a rare opportunity to see hundreds of the graduates' work collected for the first time - from the exquisite embryo reconstructions for the Carnegie Institute of Embryology and depictions of novel surgical techniques developed at Hopkins - to didactic illustrations and animations created by recent graduates depicting the dynamics of cellular and molecular interactions. The exhibit demonstrates the pioneering and enduring roles of medical illustrators who studied at Johns Hopkins. Documenting changes in media from carbon dust to the digital pen, the exhibit serves as a fascinating record of the aesthetics of visual communication for the medical community in the 20th century.
Where: The exhibit is in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, on the Concourse level of the Turner Building, 720 Rutland Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21287.
When: June 4 - August 25, 2011
Guestbook: Please sign the exhibition guestbook when you visit the show.
Catalog: An exhibition catalog is being prepared for print-on-demand.
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