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Opening Reception: Columbia College Chicago: BODY/MATTER

April 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for the opening reception of the newest exhibition featuring the work of Columbia College Chicago students: BODY/MATTER


Columbia College Chicago

April 5 – May 5, 2024

Opening reception: Friday, April 5 2024 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Free

Photography by Gretchen Lee

BODY/MATTER brings together twelve wearable artworks that consider the body as an object and subject of medical inquiry. Drawing upon research conducted in the archives of the International Museum of Surgical Science, the designers explore concepts of bodily normalcy, fashion as prosthetic, and surgical voyeurism, among others. ‘MATTER’ is thus conceived of in two ways: as cloth and as flesh. While cloth is the ‘matter’ of fashion design, flesh is the ‘matter’ of surgical science. Together, cloth and flesh function as the fragile barrier between the self and society; however, these works ask us to contemplate where one ends and the other begins.

Student Designers:

Rae Breazeale

Olivia Byam

Sarah Donnelly

William Duwe

Aurora Liston

Bryannah Minor

Jada Moore

Amelia Nelson

Joelle Olabode

Darrius Parker

Michael Smith

Yasmeen Wilson

Faculty Mentors

Julie Fehler

Lauren Downing Peters


Lauren Downing Peters


Columbia College Chicago

International Museum of Surgical Science


Driehaus Design Initiative

Light refreshments are included, and alcohol will be served to guests with proof of age. Alcohol served to guests 21+; ID required.

Accessible accommodations include a ramp entrance and elevator. If you need additional accessibility options or wheelchair seating, please contact us at info@imss.org.

Parking and Directions can be found here: https://imss.org/plan-your-visit/

About the Contemporary Art Program: The International Museum of Surgical Science supports a commitment to contemporary art and artists through exhibitions and programs that use the frame of contemporary artistic practice to examine new perspectives in medical-surgical science and our relationship to the body. The Museum’s Contemporary Arts Initiative includes rotating exhibitions of contemporary art, as well as an ongoing Artist in Residence program.

This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.

The International Museum of Surgical Science acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60610 United States


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