Trevor Smith, curator of the present tense at the Peabody Essex Museum, has partnered with the Mütter Museum to help develop our upcoming exhibit, Spit Spreads Death. We’ve asked him to share what brought him to working on this project and how the exhibit team came to choose artist collective Blast Theory to interpret the epidemic for a modern audience.
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Jane E. Boyd, Ph.D., is an independent curator and writer based in Philadelphia. She is the guest historical curator for Spit Spreads Death, the Mütter Museum’s forthcoming exhibition on the 1918 influenza pandemic. She was a guest curator for the Mütter’s current long-term exhibition, Broken Bodies, Suffering Spirits: Injury, Death, and Healing in Civil War Philadelphia.
Mütter Museum aims to go “viral” with a special Facebook Live announcement revealing future exhibit about deadly flu pandemic. Tune into Facebook Live on Tuesday, January 24 at 2pm.
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.