New Rochester Art Center exhibit combines art and medicine

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(ABC 6 News) – What does it mean to have a conversation with your body? That’s the big question being asked at the Rochester Art Center’s newest exhibit, Walk Back to Your Body.

The exhibit is described as a cultural and social way to learn about what’s going on inside your body and brain, in an artistic way.

In 2019, the exhibit opened at the Weisman Art Museum on the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities campus. Four artists worked with researchers at the University’s medical school for a year to learn more about our bodies.

“It’s really about our relationships with our bodies,” said Boris Oicherman, the curator of the exhibit. “So everyone of these four artists have questions about your body, your relationship with your body, in very, very, different ways.”

Oicherman hopes opening the exhibit in the “Med City” will give people a new way to think about our bodies and how art can be used in medical research.

Alison Hiltner is one of the four artists displaying her work. She brings her love of Sci-Fi in her piece that shows your brain activity in real time. She had an opportunity to put this piece into a museum two and a half years ago then, the pandemic happened.

“I have a love, a lifelong love of learning and understanding things. I want to try to deliver that passion and that joy to other people. I want to provide an experience that’s theirs, but also magical,” said Hiltner

The exhibit opens Saturday, September 3rd.