A blend of the fascinating and the macabre comes to the Dennos Museum
Center this spring and summer with arrival of over 100 human specimens in
their most revealing moments.
The exhibit is Bodies Human: Anatomy in Motion, which runs April 10 -
Sept. 4 at the museum on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College in
Bodies Human is education, health, science, and art all in one amazing
exhibit, said Gene Jenneman, director of the Dennos Museum Center. It
brings a rare opportunity for the people of northern Michigan to see an
exhibition that until now would only be found in much larger communities.
The exhibit offers a look inside our skeletal, muscular, respiratory, and
circulatory systems in over 100 human specimens. It includes whole bodies,
individual organs and transparent body slices that have been preserved
through a process of plastination, a technique that replaces bodily fluids
with reactive plastics.
BLACK LUNGS TOO
In addition to showing bodies in various athletic positions that
illustrate the bodys muscular structure, the exhibit aims to educate the
public about the inner workings of the human body and show the effects of
poor health, good health and lifestyle choices. For example, a smokers
tar-coated black lung shows the ravages of smoking.
Jenneman notes that nearly 20 million people, including young children,
have seen similar exhibits around the world. The exhibit offers an
opportunity for parents to talk to their children about health-related
issues such as smoking, diet, and lifestyle choices. Children under the
age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult to view the exhibition.
The Bodies Human exhibit is produced by Lynx Exhibits of El Paso, TX.
Lynx obtained the human specimens for this exhibition from a U.S. supplier
to the medical community who works with a plastination laboratory in
Taiwan, where the bodies are prepared for educational and scientific
purposes. See http://www.bodieshuman.com for more information.
Admission to the exhibition is $15 adults and $12 for children ages 5-12;
$10 for museum members.
A preview reception of Bodies Human will be held Saturday, April 9 from
7-9 p.m. The reception will offer wines and champagne donated by Black
Star Farms and L. Mawby Vineyards, hors d oeuvres and musical
Physicians who work with the Traverse Health Clinic will be available in
the galleries to answer questions about what attendees are viewing in the
The Traverse Health Clinic is the only local network including volunteer
physicians and practitioners delivering healthcare to the uninsured.
Nearly 500 practitioners donate their time to ensure that the regions
uninsured and needy get the healthcare they need. The Clinic serves more
than 2,400 individuals each month, providing enrollees primary care,
specialty, vision, dental, mental health and outpatient services.
The reception is supported by the FIM Group in Traverse City and Johnson
Clark Printers. Tickets: $40 per person all proceeds jointly benefit
the Traverse Health Clinic and the Dennos Museum Center. Call
231-995-1553 for info.