2022: An ARTFul Interpretation of Orthopedics

A view of a display case. To the left is a pop-up of a pelvis, femur, with hip implant. next to it are two long paper cuts, black cut out on white, views of the spine. Next to it are several pop-ups representing pain management. Two hands with surgical gloves administering an injection. A woman reclined receiving radiofrequency ablation. containers of medication. There are also 3D views of the spine.

2022: An ARTFul Interpretation of Orthopedics
Solo Exhibition, The Gallery of ARTFul Medicine, Montefiore Medicine Hutchinson Campus
In collaboration with the Department of Orthopedics and Spine Center and sponsored by the Fine Art Program and Collection at Montefiore Einstein.

It was an exhibition highlighting and exploring the work of orthopedics, as told through the art of paper craft. Drawing inspiration from my own childhood experience wearing a backbrace for seven years, I wanted to find a way to provide an informative but gentle visual journey through health and potential treatments.

The body was represented through paper cuts. Here, visitors found the spine, shoulder, elbow, hand, hip, knee, ankle, and foot, as well as the bones of the arms and legs. Various interventions potentially encountered in one’s journey were represented through full-color pop-ups. These included implants, arthroscopic surgery, trauma procedures, orthopedic oncology, pediatric orthopedics, injections, radiofrequency ablation, physical therapy, and acupuncture. Additionally, physicians and caregivers donated personal items for inclusion in the exhibition. Among these objects were implants, braces, 3D prints and other teaching models, external fixators, rehabilitation equipment, and more. Video displays featured first-person memos from caregivers and QR codes were located alongside the body and all treatments, taking visitors directly to educational and hospital resources.

Collaborating closely with Marcie Cobelli, FNP and Director of Patient Education at the Montefiore Center for Joint Replacement Surgery and Jodi Moise, Director of the Fine Art Program and Collection at Montefiore Einstein, the creation of this exhibition brought together the expertise ad time of many physicians and caregivers.

It was on view in the Fall of 2022. The exhibition will be permanently housed in the Department of Orthopedics moving forward.

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