Opens April 12 • Bespoke Bodies: The Design and Craft of Prosthetics

Start Date

April 12, 2019

End Date

August 15, 2019

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Explore Bespoke Bodies: The Design and Craft of Prosthetics, a multi-media exhibition highlighting people at the intersection of healthcare, style, and technology in prosthetic design.

 

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. Visitors will explore the evolution and design process behind a range of prosthesis through visual stories, historical surveys, videos, and interactive models. Over 40 stories – spanning DIY-inventions from kids to amputees who use mind-controlled bionic limbs – tell the stories behind users, clinicians, designers, and artists changing how we think about the impact of design, and ultimately, the future of our mobility.


Visit

Free Exhibit • Open to the Public
On View: April 12, 2019 – August 15, 2019
Prudential Center
101 Huntington Boston, MA 02109
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm, Sunday: 11am – 7pm

Directions

This is a map of the prudential center with bespoke bodies

The exhibition is located in Blue Cross Blue Shield’s retail level innovation space in the Back Bay Arcade. It is right next to the 101 Huntington tower and across from the Sunglass Hut.

Learn more about our exhibition process for Bespoke Bodies here.


Events

Upcoming Events, Boston MA:  

Opening Reception • Members and Invite Only 
April 11
Members get a first look at Bespoke Bodies, complete with food, drink, and your fellow design enthusiasts! Become a member

Past Events in connection with Bespoke Bodies:

Boston MA:
Design Museum Mornings with Mike Benning
UNITE: Pioneers of Prosthetic Design
Design Museum Mornings with Maggie Baumer
Exhibition Preview,  HUBweek 2018
Bespoke Bodies Panel with Hanger Clinic, HUBweek 2018

Portland OR:
UNITE: Human Tech Connect, Panel Discussion
Viewing Party: Paralympics Opening Ceremonies
Workshop: Hand Built Hands
Dinner with Dr. Albert Chi and Johnny Matheny


Preview

Along with an extensive historical timeline and educational information about functionality, terminology, and the process behind the design and creation of prosthetic devices, the exhibit features 5 main sections:

 The Design & Craft of Prosthetics

An introduction to individuals, advocates, and designers who share stories and journeys with prostheses; featuring designers and clinicians behind the creation and innovation in the field, along with and organizations working to improve use and design for those who choose to incorporate prostheses into their lives.

Hanger Clinic
Orthotic & Prosthetic Services

Lauren Scruggs
Founder, Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation

Global Impact

Exploring designers and organizations who are working to tackle issues of accessibility and affordability around the world; designing with new methods, systems, and materials in order to create more affordable and accessible prostheses.


ReMotion Knee
D-Rev


Accessible 3D Printed Prosthetics
LimbForge

Performance

Featuring Paralympic athletes, experts in adaptive sports, and some of the latest designs and processes that enable athletes—from professional sprinters to casual skiers—in new ways.

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

Denise Schindler
Autodesk

Custom Style

Stories from artists, creators, and wearers who work together to create bespoke, individualized, artistic, and expressive designs for their prostheses.

James Young
Alternative Limb Project

Mama Cax
Alleles 

New Tech

Myoelectric and bionic technology are cutting edge, always developing, and often hard to access. Case studies explore both the benefits and downfalls of some of the latest technology and a look into the future of prosthetic design.


Ottobock X3 Leg
Cameron Clapp

Next Step Bionics & the Modular Prosthetic Limb developed by Johns Hopkins University and DARPA
Pictured: Johnny Matheny


Get Involved

Interested in hosting Bespoke Bodies? Click here.

Interested in volunteering? Click here.

For press inquiries or more information, send an email to catalina@designmuseumfoundation.org

Want to learn more about how to be involved? Send us an email at info@designmuseumboston.org.