Friday, October 15, 2010

Announcing Fall Exhibit

Art Prints from Editions Medicina Rara

For those who are able to make an on-site visit to the exhibits from the OHSU Historical Collections & Archives, you are familiar with my style of assemblage. With two relatively small cases in which to exhibit, I usually fit as much into them as they will hold, while working to lead the viewer to our remarkable and rich collections.

Surprisingly, I have installed an austere exhibit this month to draw a more focused attention to three of the Editions Medicina Rara print folios that are held in our historical manuscript collection. The exhibit will rotate images two to three times a week.

The first display features the "fantasmic" and startling pen and ink drawings of American artist, Leonard Baskin, "Ars Anatomica".

The second rotation will highlight the garish and certainly vulgar caricatures of English artist, Thomas Rowlandson, "The Doctor Dissected".

The third and final display will stage the provocative and alluring paintings of India's ancient schools of art (16th-17th c.) "Healing and Health Care in India".

I hope that you will be able to come to the exhibit weekly to see the full spectrum of prints, but for those who cannot, an online component will be forthcoming. Please visit our Exhibits web page to see the past and present exhibits from the OHSU Historical Collections & Archives.


Dale said...

That looks like quite an exhibit. What period of history is the Ars Anatomica from? The freedom of expression seems so modern.

Karen Peterson said...

Hi Dale. You are right. Baskin was born in 1922 and died in 2000. Medicina Rara published the Ars Anatomica in 1974. From what I nderstand, there were only 2500 copies printed and they are now out of print and rare, however you can still but copies from rare book dealers. Really quite amazing.The work he did for Medicina Rara was not necessarily considered anatomically correct. There is one particular print of a hand with the skin, tendons and ligaments flayed that, unless you look closely, appears to be a tropical plant. There also happens to be the head of a lion... you really have to see it.

Karen Peterson said...

Ooops. I meant 1972, Dale, for the publish date for the Baskin portfolio.