Watching Hands: Artists Respond to Keeping Well - Media Tools

Exhibition at CDC Museum Features Art and Science of Handwashing

September 24, 2011 - January 13, 2012

Watching Hands: Artists Respond to Keeping Well showcases the work of six artists who interpret the act of handwashing in innovative and unexpected ways. The artists stretch the boundaries of current public health campaigns through painting, drawing, graphic design, sculpture, installation and new media. Making the connection between handwashing and keeping well, the work – all new for this exhibition – ranges from the humorous to the spiritual. The artists include: John Bankston (San Francisco); Didi Dunphy (Athens, GA); Joe Peragine (Atlanta); Katherine L. Ross (Chicago); Laura Splan (Brooklyn, NY); and James Victore (Brooklyn, NY).

Watching Hands is organized by the David J. Sencer CDC Museum and is made possible by a generous grant from Georgia-Pacific Professional to the CDC Foundation.

“Recent infection prevention campaigns have pinpointed handwashing as the most effective way to prevent the spread of disease. This exhibition offers an artistic perspective of such an important public health issue.” - Louise E. Shaw, curator of the David J. Sencer CDC Museum



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Visiting the Museum

David J. Sencer CDC Museum
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road, NE Atlanta, GA 30333

Hours: M, T, W, F: 9 AM – 5 PM, Th: 9 AM – 7 PM
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays.
Admission is free. Parking is free.
Driver’s license or passport required for entry. Vehicle inspection required.