Exhibitions

Through the Weeping Glass

This exhibition premiered the Quay Brothers’ film commissioned by The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Mütter Museum. Entitled Through the Weeping Glass: On the Consolations of Life Everlasting, the film and the exhibition in the Mütter Gallery focused on remarkable people longing to comprehend both the unusual and the ordinary. Highlighted are therapeutic procedures, devices, and etchings that are both beautiful and poetically evocative. 

Through the Weeping Glass offered an intuitive look at anomalies, instruments, books, and specimens of the Mütter Museum's collection that are both beautiful and poetically evocative.

Taking a philosophical approach, the Quays’ film and the accompanying exhibit offered an intuitive look at anomalies, instruments, books, and specimens the artists found fascinating among the Mütter’s holdings.

Curated by Barbara London, former Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

The Mütter Museum helps the public appreciate the mysteries and beauty of the human body while understanding the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease.

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