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Take Care: Biomedical Ethics in the Twenty-First Century

mixed media
November 1 – 30


Kristina Arnold • Monica Bock • Sher Fick
Annette Gates • Jeanette May • Lindsay Obermeyer
Adrienne Outlaw • Libby Rowe • Sadie Ruben

The traveling show, TAKE CARE: Biomedical Ethics in the Twenty-First Century features 14 sculpture, video, and photographic works by nine international contemporary artists whose work addresses the unprecedented bioethical dilemmas brought about by the rapid advancement of medical technology.

This advancement has brought with it unprecedented bioethical dilemmas. Particularly in economically advanced countries, technologies are outpacing our ability to fully understand their moral implications. The exhibit TAKE CARE: Biomedical Ethics in the Twenty-First Century considers civilization’s unease with modern family planning, maternal and fetal care, childbirth, and child rearing.  This includes the decision to use pharmaceuticals with their associated risks, and whether to risk passing on genetic diseases. In these situations, we are no longer able to rely on long-established religious, societal or medical expertise for guidance, and too often, we only grapple with such problems at the time of crisis.

Gallery Talk and Vanderbilt Ethics Panel Discussion
Thursday, November 3

5 p.m.

Reception following to 6:30 p.m.

From left to right starting on opposite page: 1. Adrienne Outlaw, in collaboration with David W. Piston, PhD, Fecund Series, videos, 2006–2009, metal, video, mirror, paint, installation of 12 video funnels, size variable, each funnel 9 x 9 x 7 inches;  2. Annette Gates, Daughter Colony, 2009, porcelain, hand built, installation variable, average size per piece 5 x 5 x 4 inches; 3. Sher Fick, Coping Skills, 2007, prescription bottles, fabric, tatting thread, 38 x 48 x 15 inches; 4. Monica Bock, Afterbirth (Sac Fluid Cord), 1998, cast glycerin, glass bottles, amniotic sac, amniotic fluid, umbilical cord, amoxicillin, 42 x 14 x 5 inches; 5. Kristina Arnold, Drip, 2005, glass, plastic, metal, installation 96 x 120 x 4 inches;  6. Jeanette May, Fertility in the Age of A.R.T. series of archival pigment prints, 2005–06,  Sex Selection, 2005–06, archival pigment print, 20 x 40 inches;  7. Sadie Ruben, Alien Fetus Series, 2006–08, mixed media, 3 jars @ 4 x 4 inches, 5 jars @ 7 x 4 inches;  8. Libby Rowe, Womb Worries, 2005, cloth, installation variable, each monkey average height 18 inches;  9. Lindsay Obermeyer, Shadow Series, 2002–2003, bead and sequin embroidery.