Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics
February 15, 6:00 pm - May 9, 6:00 pmFree
Design Museum Portland and the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) are pleased to announce the opening of Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics, a major exhibition and education program developed by Design Museum Portland. From the sculpting of ocular prosthetics to crowdsourcing affordable 3D printed hands, this exhibition surveys the past, present, and future of prosthetic design on a global scale. The exhibition is free and open to the public and will be on view from February 15 – May 9, 2018 at the Center for Contemporary Art and Culture at PNCA’s main campus building, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design at 511 NW Broadway.
“Bespoke Bodies is all about innovation and impact,” said Sam Aquillano, Executive Director of Design Museum Foundation. “At the Design Museum we’re focused on how design impact’s people’s lives, and this awe-inspiring work is making a difference for so many — but so few people know about it. We know people will find these incredible human stories and engineering marvels inspirational on many levels.”
The exhibit features over 35 case studies — spanning DIY-inventions from kids to mind-controlled bionic limbs — telling the stories behind the patients, clinicians, designers, and artists who are changing how we think about the impact of design, and ultimately, the future of our mobility. Visitors will explore the evolution of and design process behind a range of prosthetic devices through visual stories, historical surveys, videos, and interactive models.
Wilson Smith, Senior Designer at Nike inc. and member of the Content Advisory Committee states “Design plays an important role in the world of prosthetics. Not only, is it about creating something that performs and is functional, but it’s also about designing something that’s aesthetics and speaks to the individuals passions and style.”
“At PNCA we are committed to showcasing how art, design and culture intersect with everyday life.” says Mack McFarland, Director of Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at Pacific Northwest College of Art “This exhibit showcases how design and innovation is an integral component of peoples lives, and we are proud to be a part of that.”
To complement and extend the impact of the exhibition there are a number of events featuring inspirational leaders in the field, prosthetic users, clinicians, designers, and community organizers — including an opening reception, Paralympics viewing party, workshops, tours and panel discussions.
Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics was made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Cover image and video courtesy Design Museum Portland.