The Body

Tom Hennes and Patricia Ward: How the Body Became a Museum Exhibit

Chicago is home to so many world-class museums, sometimes Chicagoans take for granted the amazing exhibits that are part of its civic and cultural landscape. When staff at the Museum of Science and Industry in Hyde Park set out to create a new exhibit on the human body, their goal was to design a series of encounters  that would enable visitors to explore the aesthetic and dynamic qualities of living well and the basic biology of health. Join Patricia Ward, MSI’s director of science and technology, and Tom Hennes, principal of New York–based Thinc Design, for an insider’s look at YOU! The Experience and the dynamic intersection of scientific research, design and creative interpretation.

This program is presented in partnership with the International House Global Voices Program.

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Speakers and Performers

Tom Hennes

Tom Hennes is the founder and creative director of Thinc. His designs include natural history museums, national heritage museums, science centers, aquariums, children's museums, and theme parks. In his current writing, Hennes explores the ways in which exhibitions and other media can be designed to form and sustain active communities. Hennes holds multiple patents for immersive theaters and three-dimensional projection techniques.

Patricia Ward

Patricia Ward is the director of science and technology at the Museum of Science and Industry. In her 10 years at the Museum, she has developed and produced exhibitions on a variety of science topics including genetics and human health and has worked in numerous educational outreach efforts. Ward has published widely in the areas of tumor immunology, molecular genetics, and the cell biology of herpes simplex virus.

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Leaders And Thinkers

Thinc Design
Website includes images of exhibit designs in San Francisco, Beijing, Pretoria, and the National September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center.

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Good Reads

University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
Faculty contributed to exhibition development.
The Daily Herald
Patricia Ward describes the concept behind the exhibition.

Online Resources

YOU! The Experience
Website includes description of exhibition components and teacher resources.
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