Festival of Medical History and the Arts
October 5, 2013
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
After Party from 7-9 PM

The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029


On Saturday, October 5 the Center opens its doors to the public for a day of free events from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Festival celebrates artists, scholars, writers and thinkers working at the intersections of history, medicine, art, and the humanities.

Our program includes activities on three floors, an introduction to bibliophilic delights drawn from some of our more than 500,000 volumes, behind-the-scenes tours of the book and paper conservation laboratory, and other historical gems, plus a rarely screened film from the National Library of Medicine’s collection starring Gene Kelly as a sailor suffering combat fatigue.

In addition, Lawrence Weschler curates a day of presentations featuring Oliver Sacks, Bill Hayes, Riva Lehrer, Jane Gauntlett, dendrites versus galaxies, belabored royal deaths, and anatomy lessons from Rembrandt to Gray.

Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy presents anatomical drawing workshops, a medical wax moulage demonstration, and speakers including Carl Schoonover on premodern neuroscience, Dániel Margócsy on “artist of death” Frederik Ruysch, Mark Dery on his adventures in the NYAM library, and other explorations of the surprisingly fertile intersections of art and medicine.

All events are free, except for anatomical workshops and the after party. Partygoers will be treated to an open bar, medical-inspired tunes by DJ Friese Undine, and cartoons from the NLM’s collections spanning the silent era to the early 1960s curated by historian Michael Sappol.

To view the schedule, please click here.


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