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Nasher Sculpture Center Announces Art and Health Public Discussion Series

Series of talks, presented in partnership with the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at The University of Texas at Dallas and area medical centers, will consider the ways artists work with and through mental and physical challenges

DALLAS, Texas (October 1, 2019) – The Nasher Sculpture Center announces a new series of public talks dedicated to the relationship between health issues and the arts, presented in partnership with the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at The University of Texas at Dallas, The Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas, Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, and UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute. This series presents the stories of artists who creatively respond to mental and physical health issues through their artwork. By creating dialogue between experts in the discipline of art and those in the field of medicine and health, these programs offer the opportunity to better understand the mind, the body and the resilience of people facing incredible challenges.   

 

The series was developed in collaboration with Bonnie Pitman, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, and Director of Art/Brain Innovations at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas. “I believe deeply that art elevates the spirit and affirms life and health,” says Pitman. “Since 2008 I have committed myself to expanding engagement with the power of art to promote healing at both a personal and professional level. Over the past eleven years of my own struggles with illness, I have followed my passion to research and read about the power of art to nourish the soul, activate the body, and restore health. I have discovered that this story is dramatically told by artists who have experienced health challenges and, in turn, represent these challenges in the works of art that they create. I wanted to share the experience of these two cultures, medicine and art, and examine the ways artists have responded.”

 

Admission to the lectures is $10 and is free for Nasher Members and students. To register, please visit: http://www.nashersculpturecenter.org/programs-events/programs-list/program/id/160 

 

Art and the Brain / October 16 / 7 p.m.

What is the role of art in addressing how a person manages illness? Develop your understanding of how the brain learns, how we create memories and how creativity contributes to healing, and test your own observation skills by actively looking at sculpture in the Nasher Collection. 

Presenters 

James Fleshman, MD, FASCRS, FACS

Sparkman Endowed Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery, Baylor University Medical Center a part of Baylor Scott & White Health.

Daniel Krawczyk?, Ph.D. 
Deputy Director, Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas 

Bonnie Pitman  
Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, and Director of Art/Brain Innovations, Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas 

 

Reaching New Heights: Overcoming Physical Limitations / October 30 / 7 p.m. 
Learn how artists like Henri Matisse and Mark di Suvero reinvented themselves when faced with life-altering physical challenges and consider how 

hospitals are creating new opportunities for artists to contribute to the healing environment.

Presenters 

Kathleen Bell, M.D.  
Chair, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UT Southwestern Medical Center and O’Donnell Brain Institute member

Sandi Chapman, PhD 
Founder and Chief Director, Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas   

Jed Morse 
Chief Curator, Nasher Sculpture Center 

Bonnie Pitman  
Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, and Director of Art/Brain Innovations, Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas 

John Pomara 
Artist and Professor of Visual Art, The University of Texas at Dallas 

 

The Power of Art: Creating through Disorders of the Mind / November 6 / 7 p.m.  
Explore the late works of Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Willem de Kooning, Yayoi Kusama, and Isa Genzken, among others, who remained—and remain—prolific creators of art while experiencing different forms of mental illnesses. Find out how other artists have coped with mental illness through their work and consider the benefits of arts programs that serve patients with similar challenges. 

Presenters 

Leigh A. Arnold, Ph.D.  
Associate Curator, Nasher Sculpture Center 

Mark Goldberg, M.D.  
Professor, Neurology and Neurotherapeutics, Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement at UT Southwestern Medical Center and O'Donnell Brain Institute member 

Ann Marie Warren, Ph.D., ABPP  
Co-Director of Trauma Research at the Level I Trauma Center at Baylor University Medical Center, at Baylor Scott & White Health 

Bonnie Pitman  
Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, and Director of Art/Brain Innovations, Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas 

 

Seeing with the Brain: Artists and Visual Impairment / November 13 / 7 p.m. 
Discover how artists like Claude Monet and Georgia O’Keeffe responded to a loss of sight and hear firsthandfrom a contemporary artist on how visual impairment affects his work. Also, develop an understanding of the medical issues faced by artists with eye diseases and learn how multi-sensory encounters with art can enrich the experiences of both sighted and non-sighted learners.  

Presenters 

Catherine Craft, Ph.D. 
Curator, Nasher Sculpture Center 

Stephen Lapthisophon 
Artist and Educator 

Niraj Rama Nathan, M.D.  
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology at UT Southwestern Medical Center 

Bonnie Pitman  
Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, and Director of Art/Brain Innovations, Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas 

Partners 

Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health  

Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas 
Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at The University of Texas at Dallas 
UT Southwestern Medical Center/Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute 

 

Sponsor 

The Art and Health Series is made possible through the generosity of The Donna Wilhelm Family Fund. 

 

Press contact:

Lucia Simek

Manager of Communications and International Programs

o. 214.242.5177

c. 214.517.4002

[email protected]

 

About the Nasher Sculpture Center:

Located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the Nasher Sculpture Center is home to the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculpture in the world, featuring more than 300 masterpieces by Calder, de Kooning, di Suvero, Giacometti, Gormley, Hepworth, Kelly, Matisse, MirĂ³, Moore, Picasso, Rodin, Serra, and Shapiro, among others. The Nasher Sculpture Center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm, and from 10 am to 5 pm on the first Saturday of each month. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students, and free for children 12 and under and members, and includes access to special exhibitions. For more information, visit www.NasherSculptureCenter.org.

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