Science Exhibits at the John Crerar Library

The Science Libraries present short term and ongoing exhibits in the atrium of the John Crerar Library. Exhibits focus on aspects of the sciences and highlight collections of Crerar and Eckhart Libraries.


Imaging/Imagining: The Body as Data

March 25 - June 20, 2014

This exhibit is no longer on display

The Body as Data examines the data revolution of modern medical imaging that has transformed anatomical representation and how we view the body. This data revolution occurred when the basic concepts behind x-ray technology combined with the capabilities of computers. The result is imaging technologies such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans that produce vast amounts of data which is then processed into modern anatomical representations.

These images often claim scientific neutrality and are viewed with a clinical gaze, yet they are more than objective and unaltered pictures of the body. They represent the body broken apart into bits of data that are then manipulated to produce a myriad of visually interpretable images. These images have in turn informed artists' perceptions of the body and further pushed the boundaries of how we view the human form.

The Body as Data is curated by Brian Callender, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Mindy Schwartz, MD, Professor of Medicine, at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine in collaboration with Stephen Thomas, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology, and Adam Schwertner, fourth year medical student at the Pritzker School of Medicine, The University of Chicago.

This exhibit is part of a multi-venue exhibition that explores the history of anatomical representation and the evolving relationship between the arts and medical science. Imaging/Imagining the Human Body in Anatomical Representation is jointly presented with the Special Collections Research Center and the Smart Museum of Art in collaboration with the UChicago Arts|Science Initiative.

Location: The John Crerar Library, Atrium, 5730 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago
Public Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

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