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At the Crossroads of Art and Medicine
September 10 - December 13, 2008

Artists: Philippe Bazin (Paris, France), Bioteknica (Montréal, Canada), Geneviève Cadieux (Montréal, Canada),  Farrell & Parkin (Australia), Betty Goodwin (Montréal, Canada), Nathalie Grimard (Canada), Nicole Jolicoeur (Montréal, Canada), Lyne Lapointe (Canada), François Morelli (Montréal, Canada), Joey Morgan (USA), Geneviève Pernin (France), Tanya St-Pierre (Sherbrooke, Canada), Kiki Smith (New York, USA), Lisa Steele & Kim Tomczak (Toronto, Canada), Veit Stratmann (Paris, France), Annie Thibault (Montréal, Canada), Richard-Max Tremblay (Montréal, Canada) et Bill Viola (United States)

Guest Curator: Marie-France Beaudoin

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 (5:00 pm at the Galerie d’art du Centre culturel de l’Université de Sherbrooke; 6:30 pm at the Foreman Art Gallery with a free shuttle service between both venues)

The exhibition and its publication are co-produced by the Foreman Art Gallery and the Galerie d’art du Centre culturel de l’Université de Sherbrooke with a financial contribution from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

This international exhibition, curated by art historian and Eastern Townshipper Marie-France Beaudoin is the fruit of several years of research and is the largest exhibition on the subject of art and medicine ever produced in our region. The exhibition is organized according to three research axes: the body as subject, the configuration of the human psyche, and new technologies. In all cases, medical references serve as metaphors that allow us to address fundamental questions regarding life, death, suffering, sickness, and the issues raised by the astounding discoveries made in the medical sciences. Presented simultaneously at three venues, the exhibition features work by artists from Europe, the United States, Canada, Quebec and the Eastern Townships whose work causes us to reflect on the relationship between contemporary artistic practice and the medical sciences. On view in the two university art galleries in Sherbrooke will be sculptures, photography, installation works and video while the third venue, the campus of the Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé de l’Université de Sherbrooke at the Centre Hospitalier de Sherbrooke in Fleurimont will present a site-specific sculptural installation by German artist Veit Stratmann.


A special conference series will accompany the exhibition. On October 25, at the Foyer Mont Bellevue, Centre culturel at the Université de Sherbrooke from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, a roundtable on the subject of art and medicine will feature comments and discussion by curator Marie-France Beaudoin, art historians Jean-Emile Verdier and Christiane Vollaire, and the artist Genevieve Cadieux. The roundtable will be followed by a guided tour with the curator and a reception in the lobby.


This unprecedented event has received major funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the City of Sherbrooke, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec, the Foundation of Bishop’s University, the Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé de l’Université de Sherbrooke, the Société des médecines de l’Université de Sherbrooke, Pacart, Canadian Art (media sponsor), and numerous private donors. The Foreman Art Gallery will co-produce with the Galerie d’art du Centre culturel de l’Université de Sherbrooke, a bilingual catalogue documenting this major international exhibition in 2009.