Mar 11th 2022

Talks will meet on the first floor across from the Admissions desk. Talk length is approximately 30 minutes and may require guests to summit up to four flights of stairs. Elevator and accessible entrance is available.

Tickets to the Museum required for entrance to gallery talks.

Adults – $17.00

Senior Citizens (ages 65+) – $13.00

Students & Members of the Military (with ID) – $13.00

Educators (with ID) – $13.00

Children ages 4–13 – $9.00

Children ages 3 and under – FREE

Fall 2021 Artist in Residence Anastasia Sitnikova’s practice explores the relationship between body, mind, and technology in order to heal the imperfection of human nature and its tendency for violence. Focusing on psychoanalysis, Sitnikova’s research centers around the question of the extent to which human social behavior is conscious and to what extent it is based on uncontrolled physiological responses. Searching for an Exit explores the connection between the body, mind, and instincts. Utilizing mixed materials, Sitnikova develops impossible tools to heal the mind.


Anastasia Sitnikova (b. 1979, Russia) is a Chicago artist and art educator. Her art is driven by the curiosity about human nature and social relations as a representation of inner self and outer world, subconscious and conscious, correspondingly. Sitnikova creates large-scale installations to illustrate, activate and explore these ideas. Like many of us, she tries to understand other people through her own experience and find common ground that can make our coexistence more meaningful and enjoyable. Sitnikova holds an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s degree in Management from the State University of Management, Moscow, Russia. Her work has been exhibited at educational institutions, non-profit and commercial galleries in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Anastasia is Fall 2021 Artist in Residence at the International Museum of Surgical Science (IMSS), Chicago.

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About the Residency Program: As artistic practice occupies an increasingly pluralistic field, The International Museum of Surgical Science believes that artists are uniquely equipped to extrapolate on Museum collections in innovative ways and introduce novel perspectives to the institutional depiction of medical history. The IMSS Artist Residency Program provides working artists with: access to the Museum’s extensive collections and archive; visibility on the Museum’s website and social media channels; a month-long capstone Solo Exhibition (or equivalent presentation) at the Museum.

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