Robert D. Hicks, PhD is the Director of the Mütter Museum and its Historical Medical Library; the William Maul Measey Chair for the History of Medicine; and project director of “Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 in Philadelphia”. In the following post he discusses the museum staff’s journey to explore the influenza pandemic of 1918-19 and what sparked their interest in creating Spit Spreads Death.
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Nancy Hill is Special Projects Manager at the Mütter Museum. She is part of the core team of internal staff leading Spit Spreads Death. Here, she outlines the project and introduces the partners involved in the multifaceted exhibition, artist project, and public health programming.
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia was recently awarded a grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage to support our upcoming exhibition and related programming about the catastrophic influenza pandemic of 1918-19.
Artist Matt Adams is one of the founders of UK-based contemporary artists' group Blast Theory. He is collaborating with the Mütter Museum, along with historical curator Jane E. Boyd, and art curator Trevor Smith, to create a centerpiece for the Mütter's forthcoming major exhibition Spit Spreads Death. Here he explains his artistic approach to creating an interactive piece for a medical history museum.
Last week, Curator of the Present Tense of the Peabody Essex Museum and Arts Curator for the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage Discovery Grant Trevor Smith shared his insight into the development of Spit Spreads Death, an exhibit coming to the Mütter in 2018.
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.