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18 Apr 2018

BANEFUL MEDICINE: art exhibition and lecture/panel event

VItaly Komar and Anna Halberstadt. Broken Cross (detail), 2018. C-print.

Baneful Medicine
Andrew Weinstein/The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art


Great Hall Event: 24 April, 6:00 - 8:30 pm Exhibition: 2 April-11 May 2018 Mon. -Th: 8:45 am - 9:00 pm; Fri: 8:45 am - 6:00 pm; Sat: noon - 5:00 pm; Sun: 2:00 - 8:00 pm

Andrew Weinstein
011 212.353.4273


Cooper Union Library, Foundation Building
7 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10003

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The exhibition Baneful Medicine brings together contemporary art that engages issues of the history and ethics around biomedical research.

The bodies of people of color, the poor around the world, the incarcerated and military personnel have a history of being used as tissue for research. In 1946-47 Americans held Nazi doctors to account at the Nuremberg Doctors' Trial and initiated modern bioethics with the mandate of 'informed consent' for human research subjects. Nevertheless, the U.S. government-funded Tuskegee syphilis study continued for decades after. Now that researchers pursue genomics toward an unknown future, does bioethics have what it takes to address still different challenges? How will biotechnological developments affect society's laws and norms? How much more conscientious are medical scientists today than they used to be?

April 24 Event in the Great Hall
Keynote lecture by Sheldon Rubenfeld, MD, FACP, FACE
Panel with the artists moderated by Andrew Weinstein.
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Curated by Andrew Weinstein

Exhibiting artists:

Todd Ayoung
Aziz + Cucher
Christine Borland
Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Aurelia Moser, Allison Burtch, Adam Harvey
Susan Erony
Arie A. Galles
Aharon Gluska
Eduardo Kac
Verena Kaminiarz
Vitaly Komar and Anna Halberstadt
Ruth Liberman
Larry Miller