Spit Spreads Death Panel Discussion

16 May 2017
6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Mütter Museum, 19 S 22nd Street, Philadelphia


Neuroscientists Dr. Greg Dunn and Dr. Brian Edwards use the original technique of microteching to map the human neurological system with landscapes and abstract scenes. Mütter Museum, Thomson Gallery, 2015. Photo by Evi Numen.

In conjunction with its discovery project Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 in Philadelphia, The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia presents a panel discussion on how the museum is incorporating contemporary art into its historical and scientific curatorial approach. Panelists include Trevor Smith, curator of the Peabody Essex Museum’s “Present Tense” initiative, independent historical curator Jane Boyd, and Matt Adams, member of the artist collective Blast Theory.

This event is free and open to the public; advanced registration is encouraged.

For Spit Spreads Death, The Mütter Museum is developing a collaborative method and concept for an exhibition about the influenza pandemic in Philadelphia (1918-19). The discovery process will inform the Museum’s efforts to fully incorporate contemporary art within its historical framework by bringing together an artist, an art curator, and a historical curator. Planned for 2019, the exhibition will integrate science, history, art, and personal narratives while exploring contagion, fear of infection, compassion for fellow citizens, and the behavior of a population under extreme stress.