The College of Physicians/Mütter Museum

Updated
1 Dec 2016

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Still from Through the Weeping Glass, copyright © 2011 Quay Brothers.

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The Quay Brothers filming Through the Weeping Glass. Photo by Evi Numen.

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Still from Through the Weeping Glass, copyright © 2011 Quay Brothers.

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Still from Through the Weeping Glass, copyright © 2011 Quay Brothers.

The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia encourages the public to appreciate the mysteries and beauty of the human body while understanding the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease. The Museum displays its preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a 19th-century "cabinet museum" setting. In addition to long-term displays, museum staff organize short-term exhibitions and commission artists to make work inspired by museum holdings. These projects date back decades, but in recent years, the Museum has been working with artists of international renown. With a 2013 grant from the Center, the Mütter Museum commissioned a stop-action animated film by the London-based Quay Brothers, accompanied by an exhibition of objects used in the production. In 2016, the Museum received Center support to create a concept and implementation plan for an exhibition about the influenza pandemic in Philadelphia (1918-19) that will integrate contemporary art within the Museum's medical humanities interpretive approach.