The Power of Art, From Museums to Medicine: A Conversation With Bonnie Pitman Part 1


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Our guest on this episode is Bonnie Pitman, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, and Director of Art-Brain Innovations at the Center for Brain Health at The University of Dallas at Texas.

From museum director, to hospital patient, to starting up a program in art and medicine at UT Southwestern (1:45) — The role of medical humanities in medical education today (4:00) — Responding to skeptics who doubt that scientists should value the humanities in their research (6:30) — The humanities for primary-care doctors vs. for specialists (11:00) — Comparing the Art & Medicine course with undergraduate art history courses; The Abduction of Europa at the DMA (14:00) — How looking at a painting for 45 minutes develops one’s observational capacities (16:00) — Observing the human body: Henry Moore’s Two-Piece Reclining Figure, John Singleton Copley’s portrait of Sarah Sherburne Langdon (19:00) — Anne Whitney’s Lady Godiva: What is she doing? What is she looking at? (21:00) — Ignite the Power of Art and the four different types of museum visitors (observer, participant, independent, enthusiast); almost tripling the attendance numbers of the DMA over the course of eight years (23:00) — Practical approaches to designing exhibitions: Renoir, Tutankhamun, etc. (29:00)