Refreshments generously provided by Lagunitas Brewing Company
Ryan M. Pfeiffer + Rebecca Walz, IMSS Fall 2015 Artists-in-Residence, engage the Museum’s collection with strategies from their own practice as artistic collaborators.
Quoting, sourcing, and bibliographing historic imagery from their own stock of references as well as from the Museum’s immense archive, Pfeiffer + Walz formulate parallels and relationships between the formal aspects of drawing and the symbolic networks surrounding the (surgically) opened, cut, or recompiled body.
This exhibition marks the conclusion of Pfeiffer’s + Walz’s residency at the Museum.
About the Artist:
Ryan M Pfeiffer + Rebecca Walz are collaborators that live and work in Chicago. Drawing from their research into prehistoric & ancient art, historical erotica, and esoteric traditions, their works synthesize concerns about sex, death, myth, transformation, and alchemy. They view the act of collaboration as the dissolution of individual identities and union of oppositions as a new, harmonized whole.
Learn more at: http://pfeifferwalz.tumblr.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.