Visual Art and Medicine Elective, 2022

Portfolio for use in UMMA study room, 4/21 12:30-2 pm

Group of women and children playing in the shallows.
Joel Meyerowitz
Lake in Catskill Mountains
gelatin silver print on paper
11 in x 13 15/16 in (27.94 cm x 35.4 cm);16 in x 20 in (40.64 cm x 50.8 cm)
Gift of Selma & Gerald Lotenberg
Bruce Davidson
Untitled (Child with a Doll Carriage), from "Welsh Miners"
gelatin silver print on paper
16 in x 19 15/16 in (40.64 cm x 50.64 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas M. Kenyon
Black and white image of two woman in a bedroom with one woman sitting on a bed while having her hair fixed by the other woman. A dress hangs in the window. 
Joanne Leonard
Ruth Esther’s Wedding – Wedding Preparations
gelatin silver print on paper
10 in x 8 in (25.4 cm x 20.32 cm);6 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in (16.51 cm x 16.51 cm)
Gift of the artist
Photograph of a man sitting on the lap of a woman on the ledge of a public fountain.
Joel Meyerowitz
Bethesda Fountain, Central Park
gelatin silver print on paper
11 in x 14 in (27.94 cm x 35.56 cm);18 1/8 in x 22 1/16 in (46.04 cm x 56.04 cm)
Gift of Selma & Gerald Lotenberg
An older man in glasses and a white shirt with his hand up to his ear.
D. James Galbraith
Veteran with Flags, Howell Melon Parade, Howell, Michigan
vintage gelatin silver print on paper
11 x 14 in. ( 27.94 x 35.56 cm )
Gift from the D. James Galbraith Family
Square black and white photograph showing head, neck and shoulders of a man posed against a blank wall. He is an older man with white curly hair. He is facing toward the viewer, but his eyes gaze to the left as if he is looking at something beyond. His hands rest on either side of his face and his expression is contemplative.
Annie Leibovitz
Merce Cunningham
gelatin silver print on paper
25 in x 21 in (63.5 cm x 53.34 cm);13 5/8 in x 13 5/8 in (34.61 cm x 34.61 cm);19 3/4 in x 15 15/16 in (50.17 cm x 40.48 cm);25 in x 21 in (63.5 cm x 53.34 cm)
Gift of Gay Delanghe
Young girl standing against a wood wall, a piece of white string in her mouth.
Dorothea Lange
Eight year old daughter who helps about the tobacco barn and takes care of the baby. Granville County, North Carolina
toned gelatin silver print on paper
10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (26.67 x 26.67 cm)
Gift from the Collection of David S. Rosen MD, MPH Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division Reproduction # (407697 - LCUSF34 - 2008E)
Rick Chapman
Marion Jones, Legs, Raleigh, North Carolina, from "The ESPY Collection"
gelatin silver print on paper
14 in x 10 15/16 in (35.5 cm x 27.8 cm)
Gift of the artist
A portrait of a man from the shoulders up, wearing round eyeglasses and a dark-colored wrapped robe. His dark hair is combed back and he is looking off to the right side of the image.
20th century
photograph | paper
Gift of Peter J. Cohen, selected by Museum visitors, 2019-2020
A woman in a long, formal-looking dress leaning against the outside corner of a building. Her body is turned towards the left and she looks directly at the camera.
20th century
photograph | paper
Gift of Peter J. Cohen, selected by Museum visitors, 2019-2020
<span style="font-size:12pt"><span calibri="" style="font-family:">A seated man in a three-piece suit and tie holds an infant bundled in a light-colored blanket. Only a little bit of the baby&rsquo;s face is visible. They are both in soft focus and there is a bed behind them.</span></span><br />
photograph on paper
4 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (11.43 x 6.99 cm)
Gift of Peter J. Cohen, selected by Museum visitors, 2019-2020
Manuel Carrillo
Fisherman at Sea
20th century
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Arnold M. Gilbert

These images were used in one visit by medical students from U-M medical school as part of a two-week elective on Visual Art and Medicine in April 2022.  

The looking and discussion process for this particular experience within the elective asks students  to form initial impressions and then reconsider the meaning of the works after additional discussion or information.  This “Think and Think Again” pedagogy models the thought process of forming and reconsidering hypotheses or diagnoses, as new information is added or presented through discovery.  In addition, in considering paired sets of writing using primary and secondary observation, participants consider issues of stereotyping, implicit bias, empathy and the relevance of these ideas and issues to clinical medicine. 

The activity further explore what types of understanding and knowledge are generated from first person and objective description perspectives, and what each might contribute to the practice of clinical medicine. This activity builds on perspectives from the research, practices and pedagogy of narrative medicine, empathy and compassionate care. 


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