Art: The Cure for the Hospital Environment
For quite some time, hospitals and medical centers have been incorporating art into their facilities. Art transforms the environment and fosters a life-affirming, restorative and supportive environment that helps the patients, their families, caregivers, students, faculty and the community.
One of the most innovative is the art program initiated in 2014 by the Montefiore University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the Bronx, New York.
The Fine Art Collection
Cut Flowers by Babette Bloch, 2016, Stainless steel
Using laser-cut and water jet-cut stainless steel, Bloch challenges the limitations of metalwork. Her art seems organic and weightless, allowing for her natural themes to shine and reflect their surrounding environment. Through her use of story-telling, Bloch’s works expand on the landscapes that they exist within. The poetic transformation and reinvention of steel brings life to Bloch’s work on a larger than life scale.
The Fine Art Collection has been assembled through acquisitions, commissions, exhibitions, donations of art and other related visual arts programming.
Curated programs are installed in various locations throughout the hospital system. Whether it’s a lobby, an administrative office, or patient areas, there is great care to select appropriate artwork for each space.
The program is conttinually adding to the collection as well as arworks for the ARTViews Galleries. For Artists: Montefiore is seeking to purchase original artwork for key public locations at multiple medical center locations. This call is open to all artists working and/or residing in the Bronx as well as the tri-state area (NY/NJ/CT).
The Art Program is also seeking seeking artwork for the ARTViews Gallery, and the Gallery in the Gardens, which are rotating exhibition spaces. The spaces exhibit original artwork and is open to all artists living and/or working in the Bronx. The goal of the rotating exhibition program is to enrich the lives of the patients, caregivers, associates, students, faculty and the community’s understanding of contemporary art in a medical center context. See the website for more information on applying.
Innovation Lab Programs and New Experiences for Patients
In addition to these more traditional aspects of the art program of collecting and exhibitions, the Montetfiore is exploring new ways of working with artists.
The truly innovative art programs that have been initiated at the Montfieore Medical Center are developments in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.
As Montefiore continues to advance state-of-the-art healthcare, the Fine Art Program brings patients the newest in digital technology to distract, minimize pain, and showcase contemporary art in a way never done before in a hospital setting.
The Augmented Reality Collection
Augmented Reality or AR, is the integration of digital information with the user’s environment in real time. Unlike virtual reality, which creates a totally artificial environment, augmented reality uses the existing environment and overlays new information on top of it.
Working with fine artists across the country, the AR Collection purchases and commissions artworks that exist only in AR. These pieces become a collection within a collection as patients can use their mobile devices to find a whole new world of art during their hospital experience.
The Virtual Reality Fine Art Program and Collection
The first of its kind to commission fine artists solely in virtual reality and for the benefit of patients. Working with the latest technology, the program seeks to replace opioids and pain with culturally enriched, site-specific experiences for our patients like never seen before.
Last year, the Montefiore’s Fine Arts Department received the Innovation in Healthcare Award from the annual Corporate Art Awards, sponsored by Luiss Business School in Rome.
Contact Information: Jodi Moise, Curator,
Olivia Davis, Assistant Curator
Location 90 East 210th Street, Bronx, NY 10467
718-920-7671 ; 914.263.3685 cell