The Health Museum

Body as a Work of Art: More than Skin Deep

Sunday, Sep. 15, 2019 – Sunday, Sep. 15, 2019

12:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to step into someone else's body? Or what a genetic condition looks like up close? What about how society and social media influence body image and mental health?

Body as a Work of Art: More than Skin Deep is an interactive multimedia exploration of how society imposes external concepts of beauty. Visitors are challenged to redefine physical beauty from an intrinsic and diverse perspective. Social media and its impact on mental health are explored, as well as the hidden beauty of the scarring, diseases, and genetic conditions that affect millions. Visitors also get a glimpse into the history and future of medical advancements and the molecular marvels of the human body.

Body as a Work of Art empowers individuals to acknowledge the beauty of the human body - and their own body. Ultimately, each person walks away with a fresh perspective, free of society’s preconceived notions of beauty.

Slice of Life by Sarah Sudhoff

Sarah Sudhoff’s Slice of Life is a new addition to Body as a Work of Art, building on the conversation of redefining physical beauty from an intrinsic and diverse perspective, all through the science, health, and medicine revolving around the human body.

Houston creative and former Time Magazine photo editor, Sarah Sudhoff explores the curious corners of medical procedures and her own personal experiences through health and medicine. Slice of Life brings in two new bodies of work, The Color of Contagion and Precious Metals, which create a captivating introspection within surgical science and disease.

Sudhoff’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her projects have been featured in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Hyperallergic, Texas Monthly, Neon, and the Houston Chronicle, and now are in residency at The Health Museum.

Hidden Beauty by Norman Barker

Even the deadliest diseases can possess an unexpected splendor under the microscope. Together with Dr. Lacobuzio-Donahue, photographer Norman Barker created Hidden Beauty, an exhibition that delves into the artistic side of medical science. Discover the beauty of diseased cells while unveiling stories of struggle and triumph.

Beautiful Affliction by Cherie Acosta

Beautiful Affliction is a collection of dresses created by Cherie Acosta, the fabric and design of which are inspired by Norman Barker’s Hidden Beauty. In addition to displaying the dresses, The Health Museum will showcase an associated interpretive dance performance, choreographed by Travis Prokop. A video of the piece will be available for viewing in the McGovern Theater, free with price of admission.


POSITIVE EXPOSURE is a photographic portrait exhibition of individuals with genetic conditions. Rick Guidotti, an award-winning photographer, has spent the past twenty years collaborating internationally with organizations, advocacy groups and communities to promote a more inclusive and compassionate world where all differences are understood and celebrated.

Scar Stories by Cody Duty

Together with the TMC Pulse staff, award-winning photojournalist Cody Duty shares the harrowing and inspiring survival stories of six Texas Medical Center patients on an interactive digital kiosk. Scar Stories is a powerful collection of portraits that challenges us to broaden our narrow cultural view of beauty as perfection. Duty captures the beauty of the scars left on his subjects in a collection of striking black and white photographs. Each scar tells a very different story, but one common theme unites them: survival.

The Ribosome Machine

The Ribosome Machine is a traveling exhibit created by scientists at Los Alamos National Lab for the Bradbury Science Museum. This walk-through exhibit includes images of actual ribosomes as well as digital monitors that educate visitors on the importance of ribosomes, their structure and function, and their new applications to medical advancements. We invite you to walk through a ribosome and discover the hidden beauty of our molecular machinery.

Social Media Lab

Dive into the world of social media and selfies with the Social Media Lab, or SML. The SML challenges our perspective of social media and its influence on our daily lives. It explores the pros and cons of social media use, helpful tips and best practices for all ages, media usage statistics, and the fascinating history of social media. Opportunities for selfies abound, and visitors are encouraged to make a pledge about their own social media use and behavior on our Pledge Wall and start a positive community health movement.

The TMC Experience

The TMC Experience explores the past and present of medical innovations at the Texas Medical Center. It includes an interactive timeline howcasing historic accomplishments and groundbreaking individuals in the TMC community as well as artifacts from the John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center. Visitors can see tools used in the past to achieve beauty side-by-side with devices in use today. Users can also explore current medical advancements at TMC with one of four virtual reality experiences.

Reflections by Carole Feuerman

Feuerman, a pioneer of hyperrealism, has expanded her artistic approach in her new sculpture, Reflections. Much like Feuerman’s figurative sculptures, Reflections allows the viewer to focus on health and inner beauty via interaction with the artwork. Clad in polished stainless steel, the canopy-like structure reflects the individual's image with his/her surroundings, providing a new lens to experience one’s self.



  • Monday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Special exhibits may require an additional fee
  • General Admission: $10 per adult; $8 per child (ages 3-12); $8 per senior (ages 65+); Free for members and children under 2 yrs. Free Hours: Free Family Thursdays 2 - 7 pm.

Directions & Parking

  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Parking for Museum visitors is $5. Parking for non-Museum visitors is $8. Parking for Museum members is $3. Enter the parking lot from Hermann Dr. Metered street parking is available on streets surrounding the Museum.

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