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Published 16 December 2012

Michael Reedy


The International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, United-States
Friday 14 December 2012 - Sunday 24 February 2013 - Event ended.

The International Museum of Surgical Science (IMSS) presents the latest installment of its "Anatomy in the Gallery" series exploring the intersection of medicine and contemporary art: EXPULSION, works on paper by Michael Reedy. Reedy’s fantastical renderings of humanity's mythical genesis and subsequent fall through original sin dramatize the paradoxical nature of the human condition.

 - "once removed", mixed media on paper 32" x 41" © Michael Reedy
Preview thumbnail for artwork "once removed", mixed media on paper 32" x 41" © Michael Reedy
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EXPULSION revisits the Biblical theme of the expulsion from the Garden of Eden, popular amongst humanist painters in the early Renaissance in part due to the opportunity it provided to display their virtuosity in representing nude male and female forms. An expert draftsman trained in traditional figure drawing, Michael Reedy combines his realistic depictions of Adam and Eve with elements from genres that fall outside the canon of art history—medical illustration and cartooning.

He therefore portrays the first man and woman not only nude, but partially stripped of flesh to reveal their underlying bones, blood vessels, and viscera, as in an anatomical atlas. Displaced from the familiar flora and fauna of Eden, they mourn their loss amidst surreal surroundings of psychedelic spirals, disembodied eyeballs, and grotesque monsters. This discomforting juxtaposition of clinical, naturalistic, and comic views of the body underscores the simultaneous absurdity and tragedy of physical existence and human frailty.

Michael Reedy

Michael Reedy’s work has been featured in over 100 national and international exhibitions, including Drawing Discourse: An Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing at the University of North Carolina in 2012. Several of his recent pieces will appear in the upcoming Anatomy of an Idea group invitational exhibition at the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art in Midland, MI. He earned his MFA from Northern Illinois University in 2000 and currently serves as an Associate Professor at Eastern Michigan University in Ann Arbor. More information about Reedy and his work is available at

Anatomy in the Gallery

The International Museum of Surgical Science’s ongoing “Anatomy in the Gallery” program presents quarterly exhibitions exploring the intersection of medicine and contemporary art within the context of its historical exhibits and artifacts. The Museum initiated this program in 1998 in accordance with its mission: to enrich the lives of its visitors by enhancing their appreciation and understanding of medicine and its relation to the human condition. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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