Sunday, December 6, 2009

Pictures at an Exhibition

The Outbreak show at the National Museum of Health and Medicine opened on Halloween. It's a beautifully curated exhibition that uses my work in interesting ways to tell the story of public health, intermingling my art with objects from the Museum's amazing collection. On December 5th, I spent a day at the museum presenting a series of talks on my work and the history of public health and a demonstration on how to paint a vibrio cholerae. Despite the snow, audience members came from as far away as Philadelphia to see the shows.

Originally, Outbreak was slated to close on January 22. NMHM recently decided to extend the show another month and a half. So until March 8 you still have a chance to see some of the creepiest pictures in the world of illustration.

The NMHM is a remarkable institution housed on the campus of Walter Reed Hospital. It houses over 24 million artifacts related to medical pathology: historical microscopes, protheses, glass slides, casts of facial reconstructions, photographs, even the actual bullet used by John Wilkes Booth to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. Only a fraction of the collection is on display.