Edvard Munch and Medicalization of Modern Life: Curating Interdisciplinarity In this lecture, Allison Morehead will present her interdisciplinary curatorial project, Edvard Munch and the Medicalization of Modern Life. Combining the work of Edvard Munch with objects from the history of medicine, the exhibition explores Munch's privileged relationship to medical personnel, technologies, institutions, and therapies, arguing that the artist's work, at times, enables a critical perspective on medical modernity. Morehead will discuss the exhibition's concept, its theoretical foundation in critical medical humanities, its particular focus on gendered experiences of medicine, and its curatorial strategies.
Allison Morehead is Associate Professor of Art History at Queen's University, which is located on Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee territories in what is now called Canada. Morehead's work focuses on the historical relays between modern French and Scandinavian art, the psy-sciences, and medicine. Publications include Nature's Experiments and the Search for Symbolist Form, published by Penn State University Press in 2017, and numerous articles and essays on the work of unnamed and named artists including psychiatric patients, mediums, and figures such as Munch, Édouard Vuillard, Maurice Denis, August Strindberg, and Hélène Smith/Élise-Catherine Müller. Morehead co-directs the event series, Confabulations: Art Practice, Art History, Critical Medical Humanities, and serves in an editorial capacity for caa.reviews.