Artist Talk: Marilène Oliver
Monday, February 19, 2018
6:00PM – 8:00PM
Please join us Monday, February 19 at 6:00pm for Marilène Oliver’s Artist Talk of RE-STITCHED AND RE-TOUCHED: MATERIALIZING THE MEDICAL DATA BODY. Marilène Oliver works at a crossroads somewhere between new digital technologies, traditional print and sculpture, her finished objects bridging the virtual and the real worlds. She works with the body translated into data form in order to understand how it has become ‘unfleshed’, in the hope of understanding who or what it has become. Oliver uses various scanning technologies, such as MRI, CT and PET, to reclaim the interior of the body and create works that allow is to materially contemplate our increasingly digitized selves.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. COMPLIMENTARY REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE.
A Valentine’s Special Morbid Curiosities: Surgical History Tour
February 14 & 15 2018
6:00PM – 8:00 PM
Thinking about what to do with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? We’ve got you covered. From ancient human skulls to bone-saws and bloodletting knives, the International Museum of Surgical Science has one of the most celebrated collections of its kind in the world. On this special after-hours tour, Museum staff will shine a light on some of the darkest tools in the history of medicine! This tour is complemented by highlights from the Museum’s chilling surgical art collection.
A complimentary reception follows the tour.
No refunds will be provided for this event. All guests will need to arrive at least 5 minutes prior to their scheduled tour time. Tardy guests will not be admitted.
Megan Wells: An Evening with Florence Nightingale
Thursday, March 1, 2018
6:30PM – 8:30PM
Join us for a remarkable evening with Megan Wells as she performs the story of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, at the International Museum of Surgical Science. Be swept away into the noteworthy history of Nightingale during the Crimean War. This enchanting evening will include live period music, many photographic opportunities with Florence Nightingale, and a chance to explore the rare collection of the International Museum of Surgical Science, including original letters written by Florence Nightingale herself.
Megan Wells is a story artist and a theater artist. She creates the warm intimacy of storytelling, and more. Megan infuses characters with living souls and delivers the experience with delicious theatrical timing. An award-winning storyteller, Megan performs in museums and symphonies, enhances education for thousands of children, entertains families in festivals and libraries, and helps executives, actors and storytellers craft powerful stories to effect change. She is the recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award, National Storytelling Network, the Joseph Jefferson Award for Direction, the Education Press, the Distinguished Achievement Award, CD FIRE IN BOOMTOWN, the Parent’s Choice GOLD, CD FIRE IN BOOMTOWN, and the Parent’s Choice 25 best of 25 years, CD FIRE IN BOOMTOWN.
Anatomy of a Fatality
Thursday, April 5, 2018
5:30PM – 8:00PM
The International Museum of Surgical Science along with the Japanese Culture Center of Chicago are pleased once again to bring you “The Anatomy of a Fatality.”
Featuring a lecture and demonstration from Mugai Ryu Chicago, practitioners of a traditional form of Japanese swordsmanship dating back to the 1600’s!
“It is important to realize the consequences of a cut to any part of the human body.”
Following the event there will be tasting from Mesh & Bone of Shochu, a special vodka-like spirit distilled from barley. Shochu is special liquor similar to sake and is created in Japan. Guests can also explore the museum!
The lecture will discuss samurai combative theory in relation to human anatomy and targets on the body both armored and unarmored. Also discussed will be the philosophies around the concepts of Katsujinken, or the use of the sword to protect life the weak, and Satsujinken, or, using the sword with murderous intent.
Samurai history and culture will also be touched upon, as well as a demonstration of traditional Japanese Swordsmanship.
After the lecture, a short seminar will allow guests to learn the basics of cutting so they may gain a better understanding of “The Anatomy of a Fatality,” Samurai style.
The type of swordsmanship that will be demonstrated and discussed at this event is Mugai Ryu Iai Hyodo. Mugai Ryu is a traditional, feudal-era style of swordsmanship founded by Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi in the year 1675. The style aims at teaching practical, combative sword techniques with an emphasis on Zen and the attainment of enlightenment through swordsmanship. A Mugai Ryu swordsman attacks vulnerable or exposed parts of the body with precise cuts and thrusts to incapacitate its target with minimal force and no wasted effort.
*Doors will open at 5:30pm for this event
*Please arrive no later than 6:00pm
*Tickets for this event are non-refundable
*Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend this event and a valid ID will be needed to enter
*Photo courtesy of Fauve Foto!