Spit Spreads Death

Going Viral: Behind the Scenes at a Medical Museum

We’re inviting you to get an exclusive view of the Mütter Museum and see an exhibit that doesn’t exist…yet! 

Follow along as we explore, research, and develop a new centerpiece exhibition. We'll give you access to behind-the-scenes discussions, artifacts, and interviews with key curators and artists.

Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Philadelphia

This unique project will be a unique collaboration, incorporating contemporary art with medical history, joining together an artist, an art curator, and a historical curator. The exhibition is planned for 2019, in commemoration of the centennial of the devastating medical event that plagued Philadelphia in the early 20th century, and 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.

Latest News

April 21, 2017: NEW BLOG 

Using contemporary art to interpret a century-old epidemic

February 27, 2017: Blog: What can a bedpan tell us about a pandemic?

February 8, 2017: Geekadelphia Pandemic Pandemonium

January 23, 2017: Philadelphia Inquirer Mütter Museum's 'Spit Spreads Death' unveiled on Facebook

January 23, 2017: Mütter Museum Announces Unique Collaboration and First Look at a Major New Exhibition

Support for the research and development of Spit Spreads Death has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

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