Monday, October 13, 2014


Who was Vesalius? One of the (many) greatest anatomists who ever lived. Even if you "don't know anything" about the history of medicine or anatomical study, you've either seen reproductions of his anatomical illustrations or you've seen the illustrations of others who were heavily influenced by him or directly ripping him off (like me!)

This year celebrates his 500th birthday. Come celebrate with a day of art-academic-nerd flavored discovery.

New York Academy of Medicine Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health
2nd Annual Festival of Medical History and the Arts

Art, Anatomy, and the Body: VESALIUS 500
Celebrate the 500th birthday of anatomist and humanist Andreas Vesalius with a day-long event. Presenters include Daniel Garrison, Heidi Latsky's GIMP Dance Project, Graphic Medicine, Sander Gilman, Hill Hayes, Steven Assael, Chase Joynt, Brandy Schillace, Ann Fox, Lisa Rosner, Michael Sappol, ProofX, and me! Artist Riva Lehrer is the guest curator.

Saturday, October 18
11:00 AM- 6:30 PM
The new York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY
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
To register -

My presentation, Visualizing Anatomy on a Live Model, is at 11 AM (on the third floor). I'll use the anatomical illustrations of Vesalius and other early anatomists and draw on a live model (dancer Tyner Dumortier), as we look at the body with the double vision of the anatomist. Part live-drawing performance, part slide show/lecture, part conversation, we will explore the (kin)esthetic relationships of our anatomy.

My anatomical needlework will be on display as well! Here are some preview images photographed by Tom Henning...

Catherine's Knee is a sampler of a friend's knee MRI.
Different stitches represent different tissues or structures.
Surrounded by a border of fibroblasts.

Here's a cross stitch of a past endoscopy. 
Rumors that I am "gutless" are obviously unfounded.

You can use this link for the fascinating NYAM blog:  (I was a guest blogger on August 14


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