The Biomedicalized Body - Curator's Talk with Lianne McTavish

Derek Besant - still from Migration Cell Theory

Lianne McTavish will place the issues addressed by the art works in Perceptions of Promise within an historical framework, discussing how conceptions of the human body have changed since the Renaissance.

Seating is limited to 50 people. Arrive by noon to avoid disappointment!

About the speaker: Lianne McTavish is a professor in the University of Alberta's Department of Art and Design, where she teaches courses in early modern visual culture and critical museum theory. She is also the curator of Perceptions of Promise: Biotechnology, Society and Art, which makes its final stop at the U of A Museums at Enterprise Square in Edmonton, after successful showings in Calgary, Hamilton and New York City. 

Lianne's interdisciplinary research—informed by her graduate degrees in Visual and Cultural Studies—has centred on early modern French medical imagery, including articles in Social History of Medicine (2001), Medical History (2006), and a monograph, Childbirth and the Display of Authority in Early Modern France (2005). Her recent work in this area analyzes representations of cure and convalescence in France, 1600–1800. Lianne has also published on the history and theory of museums in Cultural Studies (1998), Acadiensis (2003), New Museum Theory and Practice: An Introduction (2005), the Canadian Historical Review (2006), and the Journal of Canadian Studies (2008).

She is currently completing a book manuscript, Between Museums: Exchanging Objects, Values and Identities, 1842–1950. As an associate curator at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery from 2003–2007, Lianne has curated and written the catalogues for a number of exhibitions of contemporary art.

Date and Time

Thursday, December 06, 2012
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Contact Information

University of Alberta Museums


Free, admission by donation.


University of Alberta Museums at Enterprise Square
Main floor, 10230 Jasper Ave.