Special Collections Research Center

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The Special Collections Research Center is home to the University of Chicago Library's rare books, archives, and manuscript collections.  Special Collections is a vibrant, interactive place to conduct research, engage in classes using original sources, and view changing exhibitions.



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Imaging/Imagining the Body as Text

Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery
March 24, 2014 -  June 20, 2014

The Body as Text explores intersections between the arts and sciences across the history of anatomical representation and medical illustration of the human body. From the medieval era to the modern invention of the x-ray, The Body as Text traces this interplay of disciplines until medical imaging diverged and followed its own intellectual and aesthetic paths.

Drawn from the holdings of the Special Collections Research Center and the Smart Museum of Art, this exhibition chronicles the shared influences of the arts and sciences and the subsequent avenues each discipline took in their ongoing expressions of the human body.  Works by significant figures including Ketham, Vesalius, Gray, Corinth, and Rodin will be highlighted.

The Body as Text is part of a campus-wide program, Imaging/Imagining The Human Body in Anatomical Representation, and runs concurrently with complementary exhibitions at two other venues: The Body as Art, at the Smart Museum of Art; and The Body as Data, at the John Crerar Library.