Please join us Thursday, April 12 from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm for an evening with International Museum of Surgical Science Winter 2018 Artist-in-Residence, Justus Harris, with special guest, Charlie O'Connell. Free and open to the public. Justus has investigated the Museum’s past as the home of the Diamond Match Company heiress and businesswomen, Eleanor Robinson Countiss. He has used the home to heal his body and has created a speculative rapport with the medical idols featured in the Hall of Immortals through video and 3D sculptures, focusing on the question: “Is the patient who can heal themselves a medical idol?” Doors open at 5:30 pm, with presentations beginning at 6:00 pm. Registration encouraged.
Chicago-based artist, Justus Harris, transforms medical data and implements DIY technologies in the treatment of his type 1 diabetes. Through his sculpture and video practice, he creates a sensory language and narratives for communicating beyond what the clinical world provides to patients. He founded MedSculp to design art-based, 3D visual educational tools for people with diabetes and chronic conditions. His work has been exhibited at institutions including the Stanford School of Medicine, the European Commission, and the American Diabetes Association. Justus Harris was recently selected as the Midwest region’s Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow for 2018-2019 and will be introduced at ‘The Future States of America: Using the Arts to Take Us Where We Want to Go’ Summit on April 16, 2018, in Washington D.C.
Charlie O’Connell is the Founder and CEO of Fitscript, LLC., a company dedicated to helping people living with diabetes. Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at Yale-New Haven Hospital in the fall of 1996, Charlie is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (’02) where he was a two-sport varsity athlete, as well as a high school All-American in Track and Field. Charlie developed the idea for GlucoseZone from his own need to manage his disease and upon discovering that there were virtually no specific exercise resources available for people living with diabetes. The GlucoseZone program provides an innovative solution to addressing the dangerous complications that can occur when exercising without proper and safe guidance and instruction.