Bodies II: SAIC Intro to Designed Objects

Opening: Saturday, Nov 13, 2021 5:30 – 8 pm
Saturday, Nov 13, 2021 – Feb 11, 2022

1524 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60610

Uma Kamat, Back Mender, Pine, vegan Leather, foam, 2021

BODIES II is a collaborative exhibition between the International Museum of Surgical Science, Curator Megan Euker, and Euker's SAIC undergraduate design students. This exhibition will be up from November 13th, 2021 - February 11th, 2022

Opening Reception:

Saturday, November 13th, 2021

5:30pm - 8:30pm

1524 N Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610

Please note that registration is required and this event will be capped at 100 guests. Masks are required.

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Students in Megan Euker’s Intro to Designed Objects classes (Fall 2019 - Fall 2020) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago created works in response to a single word prompt: “Bodies.” Using the collections at the International Museum of Surgical Science for inspiration, students began identifying medical or bodily constraints that could be alleviated through a specifically designed assistive device. Through a process of in-depth research and prototype testing, students created preliminary designs intended to increase accessibility, promote healthy behaviors, create comfort and improve safety. After consulting with medical professionals and undergoing critiques, they modified their ideas and remade their objects at full scale.

These designed objects create a social impact by making it easier for all kinds of bodies to move through the world. They also spark new questions: what mental and physical constraints do our bodies place on us all? What are the best uses of designed objects in the fields of health, medicine, and surgery? And how do you design your own environment to fit your day-to-day needs? Works in this exhibition explore these fundamental ideas of ability and the body.

Featuring work by:

Anushka Agarwal

Ran Brian Bi

Diamonde Diggs

Razana Djan

Uma Kamat

Sunhyung Kim

Cassie Kwon

Hei King Lai

Noah Taylor

Yunkai Kerry Xu

Curated by Megan Euker

Megan Euker is the Project Manager at Errant Gene Therapeutics/San Rocco Therapeutics and is based in Tampa, Florida.

Euker has been represented by Linda Warren Projects in Chicago since 2008 and featured in The International Museum of Surgical Science; Matthew Rachman Gallery, Chicago; The University Club of Chicago; Chautauqua School of Art, New York; Prince Street Gallery, New York; The Storefront Project, New York; Togonon Gallery, San Francisco; College of DuPage, Illinois; Beverly Arts Center, Chicago; and Western Exhibitions, Chicago and other prestigious venues.

Image and Text courtesy of the curator.