August 5– October 21, 2005
Cristin Millett, “Medicine and the Body”
A new exhibition of installations by Cristin Millett will be on display at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago from August 5, 2005 to October 21, 2005.
A reception for the artist that is open and free to the public will take place on Friday, August 5, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Cristin Millett's “Medicine and the Body” comprises two installations, Teatro Anatomico and Transparency of Knowledge , one in each of the museum's two gallery spaces. Utilizing multi-media, including video, sculpture, and printed fabric, Millett seeks to create architectural environments that metaphorically reference the interior and exterior of the human body, focusing on her fascination of human reproductive systems and challenging perceptions of female anatomy. The Teatro Anatomico itself is modeled after anatomical theaters in Italy, England, and the United States that she had researched for over two years, observing that an anatomy theater creates a power relationship between the inhabitants of the space depending on their roles and location within the theater. “I approach my work using a very logical and systematic method, grounding myself in research on the history of medicine . . . When entering the rooms, the viewer enters the body and their role of spectator shifts to that of the spectacle. These installations represent an intersection of scientific ideas and contemporary aesthetic observations, which provide insight into prevalent societal attitudes surrounding the female form.” Teatro Anatomico was created during a three-month residency at Sculpture Space in Utica, New York. Millett is a State College, Pennsylvania-based artist who has exhibited nationally. She received her BFA in metalsmithing from Kent State University and her MFA in sculpture from Arizona State University.
This project is partially sponsored by a CityArts Program 2 grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.