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Art and Medicine at EODIAH

Bonnie Pitman, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, UT Dallas

EODIAH’s Art and Medicine programs continue to flourish. Bonnie Pitman, who launched Art and Medicine at The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at UT Dallas, has been busy this Spring lecturing at UT Dallas, teaching her Art of Examination course through UT Southwestern, and advancing her research at the Center for Brain Health.

UT Dallas Lectures

In March, Pitman gave a lecture “The Art of Healing: New Approaches for Physicians and Patients” as part of the UT Dallas Arts and Humanities Symbiosis: Where Science Meets Art lecture series. Symbiosis is a UT Dallas campus group whose focus on the intersection between art and science aims to incorporate art education into science-focused degree programs. Pitman’s talk discussed artists with illnesses, nuances of observation, and EODIAH’s Art and Medicine programs that focus on close observation of works of art as used by medical schools to improve diagnostic practices with patients.

This Spring, Pitman gave a talk to UT Dallas undergraduate and graduate students in Professor Greg Metz’s Gallery Studies course at the new S/PN Gallery that focused on her research called the Power of Observation and her tenure as Executive Director of the Dallas Museum of Art.

Additionally, Pitman conducted two gallery tours this term for EODIAH art historians and guests at the Dallas Museum of Art, examining its collection through the lens of Art and Medicine and the Power of Observation.

Bonnie Pitman leads EODIAH scholars in Art and Medicine tour at the Dallas Museum of Art

Baylor Surgery Physicians & Residents retreat

 

On April 17, Pitman hosted 55 Baylor University Medical Center surgery physicians and residents, along with their instructors, at the Dallas Museum of Art for an all-day retreat in Art and Medicine.  Students were immersed in the museum’s galleries to receive training on close-looking, learning new skills on how to talk about art, relate to art, and relate to one another as well as completing team exercises focused on developing new communication and observation skills.

Baylor medical students engage in observational activities in the Dallas Museum of Art galleries

 

Art of Examination 

Finishing its fourth year, UT Southwestern’s preclinical elective The Art of Examination will see 32 new medical students having gained instruction on using the power of art to enhance their observation, communication, and empathy skills.

Bonnie Pitman leads the course with faculty partners Heather Wickless, MD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, UTSW; Courtney Crothers, UTSW Art Curator; and Dallas Museum of Art educators Lindsay O’Connor and Amy Copeland.

This term’s sessions included Artists as Patients/Healing and the Arts, Mindfulness and Burnout, Visual Investigation with Art: The Human Form, Empathy and Compassion held at the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, The Warehouse, The Crow Collection of Asian Art, UT Southwestern Medical Campus, and a special visit to a private collector’s home.

In each class, students gain new perspectives enhanced by interactive exercises that address topics including conservation, artists with disease, empathy, physician burnout, and cultural influences.

Art of Examination students at the Dallas Museum of Art

Bonnie Pitman lectures at the Brain Performance Institute, Center for Brain Health, UT Dallas

Center for Brain Health

As the Director of Art – Brain Innovations at the UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth, Bonnie Pitman continues to expand her research and teaching on the art of observation relative to neuroscience. She held sessions for people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers that provided strategies to improve brain performance around her initiatives Do Something New®, her daily practice of focus and celebration of making an ordinary day extraordinary while dealing with chronic illness, and the Power of Observation, an initiative that connects neurological research with the experience and process of seeing, looking and observing.  The Power of Observation was also the focus on her lecture in the “Sips and Science” series at the Brain Performance Institute, in which she explored how deeper stages of observation allow for greater concentration and attending in life. Drawing on works of art in the Dallas Museum of Art’s collection, Pitman’s programs at the Center for Brain Health develop skills for attending, connecting, analyzing, interpreting and creating, engaging participants in learning about art history. She will further these subjects by developing workshops this fall.

EODIAH Launches Art and Medicine Resources Website

Distinguished Scholar in Residence at UT Dallas Bonnie Pitman’s major advances in the field of Art Museum and Medical School Partnerships has led to the establishment of the new Art and Medicine resource site hosted by The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History: www.utdallas.edu/arthistory/medicine.

The Art Museum and Medical School Partnerships initiative centers on the advancement of medical students, interns, residents and fellows being taught to look at works of art and in turn relating that to their professional practices. By doing so, they develop observation, interpretative, empathic and collaborative skills in order to enhance their clinical diagnosis and practices.

With the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Pitman organized a landmark gathering called The Art of Examination: Art Museums and Medical School Partnerships that brought together more than 135 leading art museum and medical school professionals at a two-day convening on June 8 and 9, 2016, held at MoMA.

The Forum was designed to share information about programs and partnerships between the art community and the medical community and was the largest gathering of professionals dedicated to work in this area and the first time that many had an opportunity to exchange information and ideas about these programs.

Research conducted during the development of The Art of Examination: Art Museums and Medical School Partnerships Forum led to the compilation of critical resource materials for art museum and medical school partnerships including a Bibliography of research articles, studies, and books relating to the field; a list of Program Descriptions of 70 partnered programs; and a selection of course Syllabi.

The new site also serves as documentation of The Art of Examination Forum. Pitman’s Report on the Forum summarizes the gathering and describes next steps in moving the field forward. A Summary showcases highlights from the Forum with photographs. The Forum’s Program with list of speakers, Roster of attendance, PowerPoint Presentations of plenary and Idea Exchange sessions, and video Recordings of the main sessions bring to life the important ideas brought forth and collaborations formed from the Forum.

As the number, variety and purpose of collaborative art museum and medical education programs are expanding, networks for research, evaluation and future convenings are advancing. The Edith O’Donnell Institute for Art History will continue to provide access to resources on the Art and Medicine website at www.utdallas.edu/arthistory/medicine.

The Art of Examination Forum held teaching demonstrations in the MoMA galleries. Photo: Manuel Martagon.

The Art of Examination Forum held teaching demonstrations in the MoMA galleries. Photo: Manuel Martagon.

 

Press

Press of the Forum has been overwhelmingly positive including a feature in The New York Times.

 

Read the article from The New York Times here:

How an Aesthete’s Eye Can Help a Doctor’s Hand

 

Read the full press release from UTDallas here:

O’Donnell Art History Institute Launches New Online Resource

 

Read the article from the American Association of Museum Directors here:

Bonnie Pitman’s Commitment to Art and Medicine

The Art of Examination: Art Museum and Medical School Partnerships Forum

(Pictured left to right) Wendy Woon, The Edward John Noble Foundation Deputy Director for Education and Bonnie Pitman, Distinguished Scholar in Residence.

(Pictured left to right) Wendy Woon, The Edward John Noble Foundation Deputy Director for Education and Bonnie Pitman, Distinguished Scholar in Residence.

The Art of Examination: Art Museums and Medical School Partnerships brought together over 130 leading professionals in these fields at a two day convening on June 8 and 9, 2016 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The Forum was organized by Bonnie Pitman, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the University of Texas at Dallas. The Forum was generously supported by the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, which also hosts the website with the content from the meeting.

Planning for the conference included Wendy Woon, The Edward John Noble Foundation Deputy Director for Education at MoMA, a team from MoMA’s Education Department, colleagues at The Frick Collection and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dr. Joel Katz and Dr. Elizabeth Gaufberg from Harvard Medical School, and Ray Williams from the Blanton Museum of Art at UT Austin.

The Forum was designed to share information about the variety of programs and partnerships that engage medical students, interns, residents and fellows in learning to look at works of art to develop observational, interpretative, empathic, and collaborative skills in order to enhance their clinical diagnosis and practices. Information on research and evaluation studies was also shared

The goals of The Art of Examination: Art Museums and Medical School Partnerships were:

  • to explore new program ideas and formats for engaging medical schools and art museums to deepen awareness of looking closely and responding creatively to works of art and relating these to clinical practice;
  • to connect with a network of collaborators working in this field;
  • and to translate ideas into action for future innovations in programs, research and partnerships.

MoMA_Art_Examination

Participation in the Forum was by invitation and required an art museum professional and medical educator who partner in a museum-based program to attend together. The reason for the team participation was to increase collaboration and shared information among the partner institutions and to highlight the complementary areas of expertise that each partner brings to this work.

Sixty medical schools attended including Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Colorado School of Medicine, The University of Colorado Medical School, Harvard Medical School, Mayo Clinic Center in the Humanities, Stanford School of Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, University of Virginia Medical School, and Yale School of Medicine.

Sixty art museums participated including the Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Frick Collection, The Hood Museum of Art, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, and Yale Center for British Art.

Participation in the Forum was defined by the capacity of MoMA’s auditorium and workshop spaces.  Over 40 professionals who could not be accommodated were on the waiting list and many more expressed interest in attending because of a desire to develop similar programs and partnerships.

The number and variety of art museum and medical school programs continues to expand and the participants in the Forum offered ideas to inform the field  and create opportunities to exchange teaching methodologies and establish networks for research and evaluation and future convenings.

Approaches to Art Objects session included the Master Course "Drawing and Touching" in the MoMA galleries

Approaches to Art Objects session included the Master Course “Drawing and Touching” in the MoMA galleries

From Forum participants:

This experience opened my eyes to so many new ideas. It strengthened my partnership with my medical school counterpart. It spurred even more questions than I had coming into it. I loved the variety of formats and activities and felt so privileged to have the opportunity to participate.
-  Molly Medakovich, PhD, Teaching Specialist, Adult Programs, Denver Art Museum

It was an invaluable experience to be at the Forum with my health affairs colleagues, to hear, see, and discuss so many other programs, and to process what we learned together.  – Carolyn Allmendinger,
Director of Academic Programs, Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“Wonderful to bring the various disciplines together in conversation – museum educators and medical educators. So much to learn from each other! – Perspective enhancing!”  – Elizabeth Gaufberg, Harvard Medical School

From around the web
“MoMA shows museums can be relevant beyond art appreciation”, Wendy Woon for the Daily News

Photos: Manuel Martagon