Jan 28th 2016

The Oval Portrait: 16 Studies of the Grattan Osteoclast

@ International Museum of Surgical Science

1524 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL

Opening Thursday, January 28th, from 6PM - 8PM

On view through Sunday, February 21st

Vesna Jovanovic, long-term IMSS Artist-in-Residence, unveils a new body of work displayed for the first time in its entirety at the International Museum of Surgical Science.

“The Oval Portrait” is inspired by artifacts and themes from the Museum’s permanent collection, with an emphasis on the embedded social histories of some of the Museum’s more graphic holdings. In “The Oval Portrait,” Jovanovic identifies specific antique medical paraphernalia as tethers for the intimate and the personal – among them “Grattan’s Bonecrusher” and archival photographs of the young children on which the device was used in the early 20th century as a treatment for child osteomalacia (rickets).

“The Oval Portrait: 16 Studies of the Grattan Osteoclast” – Opening Reception will be on display from January 21, 2015 – February 21, 2015.

This exhibition marks the conclusion of Jovanovic’s residency at the Museum.

This program is presented as part of the Museum’s contemporary arts initiative. The International Museum of Surgical Science supports a commitment to contemporary art and artists through exhibitions and programs that use the frame of contemporary artistic practice to examine new perspectives in surgical science and our relationship to the body.

About the Artist:

Vesna Jovanovic is a Chicago-based visual artist who specializes in conceptualizations of the human body. Using spilled ink as groundwork, she creates drawings that often formally resemble medical illustration while concentrating on what is usually left out: how it feels and what it means to have a body as well as how the body is culturally perceived. With drawing as a bodily act and medical illustration as a visual trope, Jovanovic brings embodiment, biopolitics, phenomenology, and various other ideas and theories of the human body into her work.

Learn more at: http://www.vesnaonline.com/

About the Museum:

The International Museum of Surgical Science was founded in 1954 by Dr. Max Thorek, and is committed to enriching lives by enhancing an appreciation and understanding of the history, development, and advances in surgery and related subjects in health and medicine. The Museum is located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, and is housed in a historic lake shore mansion designed in the early 20th century by Howard Van Doren Shaw.

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