Art Installation: The Lost Art of Healing
April 24, 1997 - May 18, 1997

The art installation, The Lost Art of Healing, by Eric Avery (artist/psychiatrist University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston), was held at the University Art Museum-Mitchell Hall, Art History Gallery. The exhibit explored the clinical art space where visual art and medicine come together. On Friday April 24th and Saturday April 25th, Dr. Avery, gave a series of art/medicine "actions and lectures" with Jane Petro, MD (New York Medical College) and performing artist Lily Pink. While Dr. Avery gave medical examinations, Dr. Petro gave plastic surgery consultations, and Lily Pink represented the business (and theater) of medicine by hawking contemporary snake oil.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Jane Petro consults Jeffrey Hayes (UWM) and
Patricia Mellencamp (UWM)

New York performing artists Lily Pink hawks some modern snakeoil

Dr. Eric Avery and Lily Pink

Paul Brodwin (UWM) and Dr. Eric Avery


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The 1970s: Film, Performance, Language and Technology

The 1980s: Feminism, Modernism and Culture

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