April 2002 Bulletin

eMotion exhibit makes Big Apple stop on national tour

By Sandra Lee Breisch

New Yorkers finally got their chance to view eMotion Pictures: An Exhibition of Orthopaedics in Art, when the exhibit went on display at the United Nations headquarters in New York from January 21 through February 28.

The juried exhibition, which is on national tour, includes pieces by 85 artists from 10 countries and 23 states. It features work by artists whose lives have been touched by an orthopaedic condition and the physicians who treat them.

Global effort

The exhibit is part of the Academy’s participation in the Bone and Joint Decade (2000 – 2010) initiative, a global campaign aimed at improving the quality of life for millions of people faced with musculoskeletal disorders. The display at the U.N. was an acknowledgement of the fact that, worldwide, orthopaedic conditions are the most common causes of physical disability and severe long-term pain. Joint diseases, back pain, osteoporosis and limb trauma due to accidents and armed conflict have an enormous impact on not only the individual, but health care and social systems as well. For example, it is estimated that 25 percent of health expenditures of developing countries will be spent on trauma-related care by the year 2010.

More than 600 people—including ambassadors, artists, Academy members, orthopaedic state society representatives and friends—attended the opening reception that was co-sponsored by the New York State Orthopaedic Society.

U.N. dignitaries attend

One notable dignitary at the opening reception was Nane Annan, wife of Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations, who took particular interest in the artwork done by children. In her welcoming remarks, Mrs. Annan said, "The artwork in eMotion Pictures speaks to us; it makes us think about our own beliefs, opinions and feelings about living with and recovering from these conditions that so greatly impact quality of life.


Nane Annan, wife of U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, spoke with Josef Zala, one of several children whose art was on display at the U.N. exhibit, about his work in acrylic paint and marker "This I Wish".
It becomes possible to glimpse the struggle to regain use of a limb following an accident, or the fear of losing the ability to go about the daily activities of life from osteoporosis, or the joy of realizing the day when pain from arthritis subsides.
"In the artwork by orthopaedic surgeons, we feel the physician’s commitment to healing. We are changed by this act of sharing the artist’s vision. When we become aware, we see the need to persevere in our work to continue advocacy and efforts that improve health care for all people; by doing so, we help ourselves as part of the worldwide community of humanity.
Artists Vincent Palma (left) and Joseph Benevenia, MD, are shown with their sculpture "Harmony".

Through our collaborative efforts we can make a difference."

Exhibit continues tour

New York was the fifth stop on the exhibit’s national tour. The exhibition made its premiere at the 2001 AAOS Annual Meeting in San Francisco then traveled to Washington, DC, Chicago, and Memphis, Tenn., where selected pieces were on display at the Smith & Nephew building, the Campbell Clinic and Memphis Arts in the Park.

Following the United Nations engagement, the show headed to the Washington, D.C. National Museum of Health and Medicine where it will be on display from March 15 through August 15, 2002. The exhibit will also travel to Iowa, Minnesota and Texas.

United Nations Department of Public Information, UN Programme on Ageing and the International Council for Caring Communities hosted the New York exhibition. Educational grants from Abbott Laboratories, Inc., Zimmer, Inc., Organon and Sanofi Synthelabo provide support for the exhibition throughout its travels.


(L to R) Bruce Browner, MD, orthopaedic surgeon and member, Bone and Joint Decade International Steering Committee, AAOS Executive Vice President, William W. Tipton, Jr, MD, Nicole Mowad-Nassar, Abbott Laboratories, and Wim Mol, Sanofi-Synthelabo-exhibition sponsors.

To view the eMotion artwork online, go to the AAOS website: http://emotionpictures.aaos.org.


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