Inside Rodin’s Hands: Art, Technology, and Surgery

On view April 9 – August 3, 2014

Dr. James Chang, Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Stanford’s School of Medicine, has long been fascinated by Rodin’s sculptures. When he was an undergraduate student at Stanford, he frequently visited the Rodin Sculpture Garden. Now internationally renowned as a hand reconstruction surgeon, Chang has returned to Rodin for inspiration as he focuses on Rodin’s depiction of hands, some of which evince such specific medical conditions as Dupuytrens syndrome and Apert syndrome. This groundbreaking, multi-disciplinary exhibition is the result of Chang’s efforts to incorporate these sculptures into his hand surgery educational program. He has used new technologies that enable students to hone their skills by employing augmented reality technology to plan surgery for these conditions. Inside Rodin’s Hands features cutting-edge technologies for studying the hand’s internal structures, and in an important glance backward, a brief survey of depictions of the hand in anatomical texts dating from the 16th to the19th centuries.

On view in the Cantor Arts Center’s Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery. Coordinating Curators: Bernard Barryte and Susan Roberts-Manganelli, with Dr. James Chang

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The Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University’s only museum, is a vital and dynamic institution with a venerable history. Founded in 1891 with the university, the historic museum was expanded and renamed in 1999 for lead donors Iris and B. Gerald Cantor. The museum’s encyclopedic collection spans 5,000 years, includes 32,000 artworks and beckons visitors to travel around the world and through time: from Africa to the Americas to Asia, from classical to contemporary. With 24 galleries presenting selections from the collection and more than 20 special exhibitions each year, the Cantor serves Stanford’s academic community, draws art lovers from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond and attracts campus visitors from around the world. Free admission, free tours, lectures, family activities, plus changing exhibitions make the Cantor one of the most well-attended university art museums in the country and a great resource for teaching and research on campus.

Photo of one of the Rodin hands during the 3D scanning process, depicting the photogrammetric markers and zebra fringe pattern used for scanning. Photo: Matthew Hasel, © Division of Clinical Anatomy, Stanford University School of Medicine.

Auguste Rodin (France, 1840–1917). Left Hand of Eustache de Saint-Pierre, c. 1886. Bronze. Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1998.359.