Through a collaboration between Galveston Arts Center and the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) the exhibition Visual Pathology aims to explore and shed light on the relationship between the visual and the pathological. UTMB’s museums of anatomy and pathology were founded in 1891 with the opening of the medical department of the University of Texas. Collectively, the museums helped UTMB gain a national reputation for excellence in practical medical education. By the 1950s, like many other medical museums across the United States and Europe, UTMB’s museums were dismantled, due to complex changes in the medical curriculum.
In collaboration with six pathologists from UTMB, five artists were given access to the remnants of UTMB’s historical pathological and surgical pathology collections as an inspirational starting point. Both artists and pathologists worked in teams to consider the history of the collection and present research undertaken at UTMB. The resulting exhibition explores the intersections between pathological and creative practices.
This project was generously funded by the L. Clarke Stout, Jr. Professorship in Anatomic Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Marie Leterme and Rolf Pessier.
Additional thanks to Judith F. Aronson, M.D., (Department of Pathology, UTMB), Michael Laposata, M.D., Ph.D. (Professor and Chairman, Department of Pathology, UTMB), Mark V. Deming, D-ABMDI (Pathology Research, UTMB) and Monique Papaddis,M.Ed, Ph.D. (Rehabilitation Sciences, UTMB) for supporting Visual Pathology.
Museum of Surgical Pathology, UTMB, 1929
Image courtesy of the Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collections, Moody Medical Library, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Re-posted from Galveston Arts Center Website