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March 2006 Web Gallery: Anti-Bodies curated by Michael Sappol

Posted Mar 03 2006 12:00am

Sappol
Untitled 3 (Physician Desk Reference), 1993
Gin Louie
book with mixed media



VISUAL AIDS AND THE BODY ANNOUNCE NEW WEB EXHIBITION

Anti-Bodies curated by Michael Sappol

March 2006


Every month, Visual AIDS invites guest curators, drawn from both the arts and AIDS communities, to select several works from the Frank Moore Archive Project. For March, Michael Sappol curated the current on-line exhibition which features the artwork of Archive Members: Robert Flack, Frank Green, Rebecca Guberman, Nancer LeMoins, Gin Louie, Eric Rhein, Paul Thek, Richard J. Treitner, Albert Velasco, Wilmer Velez and Kevin Wesley

From the Curator's Statement:

The body has an ambivalent status as a figuration of self. The flesh we inhabit is cloaked in, and conditioned by, structures of feeling, legally-enforced categories, political ideologies, religious beliefs, cultural appurtenances. Family histories, national histories, global histories, and the random, accidental conjunctions of individual life, shape our sexual practices, eating and drinking, work, athletics, even the most profoundly existential experiences of breathing, touching, moving in space. Our bodies are put together by forces beyond our control, beyond our immediate knowledge and consciousness. And the resultant productions -- the bodies we inhabit and operate -- are extravagant, prolific, only partly domesticated.... In every piece on display [in this web gallery], the inner view is the outer view -- views imbued with fear, grief, pleasure, desire, a wish to transcend.
 

Michael Sappol is the author of A Traffic of Dead Bodies: Anatomy and Embodied Social Identity in 19th-Century America (Princeton University Press, 2002) and a curator-historian at the National Library of Medicine (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. His latest exhibition at the Library, Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body, runs from February 2006 to February 2008. A new book, Dream Anatomy, a historical essay on imaginative and evocative representations of anatomical dissection and the dissected body, is due to appear in fall 2006. Current projects deal with medical authority, the body and representation, in several registers: a history and iconography of 20th-century popular medical illustration; a collection of essays on 19th-century "odd cases," which looks at cases in which medical, legal and literary narratives intersect; an edited multi-volume compilation of historical medical films.

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