New Exhibition: FLUX: Responding to Head and Neck Cancer

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 6:00pm to Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 5:00pm


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International Museum of Surgical Science Upcoming Exhibition, "FLUX: Responding to Head and Neck Cancer"

Opens: Friday, May 18, 2018



The International Museum of Surgical Science is pleased to announce the opening of "FLUX: Responding to Head and Neck Cancer," an exhibition curated by Dr. Lianne McTavish, Professor of the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta. Presenting artists include Brad Necyk, Heather Huston, Ingrid Bachmann, Jill Ho-You, Jude Griebel and Sean Caulfield. On view in the Museum's fourth-floor contemporary art galleries.


Through FLUX art illuminates patient experience with head and neck cancer. The diverse works of various media including sculpture, drawing, photography, video and printmaking, reveal aspects of the cancer experience that often remain hidden. Appealing to all of the senses, they convey the confusion, catastrophe, and hope associated with a serious illness, showing that healing is an uneven and continuous process. The exhibition will not only raise awareness of head and neck cancer experience but also illuminate the power of contemporary art as a medium to communicate important human experiences and suffering in accessible and thought-provoking ways.


Beginning in early 2015, people diagnosed with head and neck cancer and their family members have shared details about their complex and multi-layered experience of treatment and recovery. The painful, lonely and stigmatizing journeys they have described, which is not easily conveyed through conventional research approaches, inspired the team to develop a research-creation approach to co-build awareness and understanding of head and neck cancer illness experience resulting in FLUX. The interdisciplinary project involves patients, artists and researchers who are collaborating to improve the quality of life of people who have experienced head and neck cancer.


"FLUX: Responding to Head and Neck Cancer" opens to the public on Friday, May 18, 2018, with an opening reception from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The exhibition will run through August 19, 2018. Additional programming will concur with this exhibition, including an exhibition symposium on the promise of interdisciplinary, art-medicine collaborative practice in the context of head and neck cancer on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm.


About the Museum

The International Museum of Surgical Science was founded in 1954 by Dr. Max Thorek and is committed to enriching lives by enhancing an appreciation and understanding of the history, development and advances in surgery and related subjects in health and medicine. The Museum is located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood and is housed in a historic lakeshore mansion designed in the early 20th century by Howard Van Doren Shaw.


General Information

The International Museum of Surgical Science: 1524. N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, 60610; tel. 312.642.6502; on the web at and


Hours and Admission

The Museum is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Museum is closed on major U.S. Holidays. Admission is $17 adults, $13 students, teachers, U.S. military and seniors, and $9 children ages 4-13. Ages 3 and under free. Admission to the Museum is free on Tuesdays for Illinois Residents.

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International Museum of Surgical Science
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