In collaboration with the art department, three programs are planned in conjunction with the exhibition A Picture of Health: Art and the Mechanisms of Healing. All will be held in Classroom 1 of the Art Building (behind the museum) and are sponsored by the Baldwin Fund of the Oberlin College art department; support for the April 11 and 20 programs has also come an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to the amam.
Tuesday, April 5, 5 p.m.
Sandra Cavallo, Professor of History, Royal Holloway, University of London
As air quality became a concern in 16th-century Italy, design strategies were employed to enhance the effects of “good air” on spiritual and physical health. Architects and doctors offered ways to prevent the corruption of air in the home, influencing domestic design and the material culture.
Monday, April 11, noon
Mindy Fullilove, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University
While the United States has ample space and natural resources, wastefulness has resulted in many neglected urban environments. This lecture, “Place Matters: Some Observations on Urbanism and Health,” explores the intersection of race, health, and social cohesion.
Wednesday, April 20, noon
Tessa Storey, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London
Exercise of both mind and body were considered essential for good health among elites in early modern Italy. Moreover, the design of one’s living space was regarded as vital to health. This talk, focusing on engravings by G.B. Falda, explores the interactions between idealized spaces and Roman health practices of the era.