Healing and Medicine in American Art




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This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "Healing and Medicine in American Art." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.

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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Picturing Health: Norman Rockwell and the Art of Illustration (2/3/07)

The Art of Healing: The Wishard Art Collection (2/23/04)

Norman Rockwell and the Art of Medicine (7/6/03)

Frank Moore: Green Thumb in a Dark Eden; essay by Sue Scott (7/12/02)

Frank Moore: Green Thumb in a Dark Eden (3/18/02)

Esther Bubley: American Photo-Journalist (6/23/01)

Art Healing and Friendship: The Doctor Albert Grokoest Collection (11/5/98)

 

TFAO references:

As of 3//16/09 TFAO Digital Library contained 70 pages referencing the word "healing" and 137 pages referencing the word "medicine"

 

From other websites:

A Picture of Health: Art and the Mechanisms of Healing was a 2016 exhibit at Allen Memorial Art Museum, which says: "A Picture of Health explores the mechanisms by which art has been perceived to bring about the health and well-being of its makers and beholders.... Artists have challenged or reaffirmed established ideas concerning medicine, reflecting upon the person and practices of the healer, modes of treatment, and the spaces in which healing occurs." Also see an exhibit review by Julia Peterson in The Oberlin Review 2/5/16.Accessed 11/16

Art As A Healing Force Web by Michael Samuels. M.D., from artashealing.org. Accessed August, 2015.

Arts and Healing Network website. Accessed August, 2015.

Art & Creativity for Healing website. Accessed August, 2015.

 

DVD/VHS videos:

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Books:

The Art of Healing: Medicine and Science in American Art, By William H. Gerdts, Birmingham Museum of Art. Published by Birmingham Museum of Art, 1981. Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized Nov 12, 2007. 119 pages

 

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