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 prostheses through visual stories, historical surveys, videos, and interactive models. Over 40 stories – from DIY-kid inventors to amputees who use mind-controlled bionic limbs – explore the collaborative process between people who use prostheses, clinicians, and innovators all using design to impact people’s lives and mobility.
Free Exhibit • Open to the Public
On View: April 30, 2019 – August 23, 2019
101 Huntington Boston, MA 02109
Hours: Monday – Friday: 10am – 2pm
June Exhibit Tour
June 13, 2o19 • 5-6pm
July Exhibit Tour
July 11, 2019 • 5-6pm
August Exhibit Tour
August 8, 2019 • 5-6pm
The exhibition is temporarily located on the second floor of the 101 Huntington tower in the Back Bay Arcade. Enter the lobby of 101 Huntington and look for the Design Museum Banner and Table. From there you will be guided to the exhibition.
Learn more about our exhibition process for Bespoke Bodies here.
Upcoming Events, Boston MA:
May 11, 2019 • 1-4pm
Family-friendly workshop demonstrating 3D printed technology to build prosthetic hands.
Past Events in connection with Bespoke Bodies:
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
Members-Only Opening Reception and Exhibition Preview
UNITE: Human Tech Connect, Panel Discussion
Viewing Party: Paralympics Opening Ceremonies
Workshop: Hand Built Hands
Dinner with Dr. Albert Chi and Johnny Matheny
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.
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.
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.
Stories from artists, creators, and wearers who work together to create bespoke, individualized, artistic, and expressive designs for their prostheses.
Alternative Limb Project
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
Next Step Bionics and Prosthetics, Inc. & the LUKE arm developed by DEKA and DARPA. Pictured: Chuck Hildreth, Jr.
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