Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics

Start Date

February 15, 2018

End Date

May 9, 2018


Bespoke Bodies: The Design and Craft of Prosthetics

Coming Soon: Free Exhibit by Design Museum Foundation
On View: Feb 15 – May 9, 2018
Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA

Advancements in medicine, robotics, and 3D-printing have transformed the intersection between the human body and technology. For the researchers and innovators around the world working to improve the field of prosthetics, design plays a critical role in humanizing new technology, allowing people to integrate devices into their lives — not only functionally, but aesthetically as well.

Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics is a major exhibition and education program by Design Museum Foundation. From sculpting ocular prosthetics to crowdsourcing affordable 3D printed hands, this exhibition surveys the past, present, and future of prosthetic design on a global scale. Featuring case studies with real stories from professional athletes, veterans, kids learning to live with limb difference, and more, the exhibit considers the contemporary world of prosthetic design from both a functional and aesthetic perspective. Visitors will explore evolution and design process behind a range of prostheses through visual stories, historical surveys, videos, and interactive models. Over 35 case studies — spanning DIY-inventions to the development of mind-controlled bionic limbs —  tell the stories behind the patients, clinicians, designers, and artists changing how we think about the impact of design, and ultimately, the future of our mobility.

Portland’s Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics program is in partnership with PNCA and made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Program Events

Opening Reception
Thursday February 15th
5:00 pm • Member’s & Invite-Only Preview & Curator’s Tour
6:00 pm • Public Opening Reception

First Thursday, Exhibit Tours
March 1 • 5:30-7pm

UNITE Panel Discussion
March 8 • 6:00-8:00pm

Viewing Party: Paralympics Opening Ceremonies
March 9 • 6:00pm

First Thursdays, Exhibit Tours
April 5 • 5:30-7pm 

Exhibit Preview


Superhero Arm
Aidan Robinson, Coby Unger, and KIDmob

Lauren Scruggs
Founder, Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation

Hanger Clinic
Orthotic & Prosthetic Services

Project Unicorn
Jordan Reeves 

Sarah Reinertsen and Flex-Run™ with Nike Sole 
Össur & Nike

ReMotion Knee

i-limb® quantum
Touch Bionics by Össur

Kaylee Dougherty
Ocularist and Anaplastologist, Boston Ocular Prosthetics

Accessible 3D Printed Prosthetics

The Third Thumb Project
Dani Clode

Stereo Leg
Viktoria Modesta & The Alternative Limb Project

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Lead Image: ‘Synchronised’ Prosthetic Arm by Dani Clode and Sophie de Oliveira Barata
Courtesy of Alternative Limb Project