A pharmaceutical firm based in Utah has been working to change the course of Alzheimer’s Disease.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the first report of dementia by Dr. Alois Alzheimer’s, this drug company, a few years back, supported two innovative programs that were designed to utilize art and science as a way to inspire and inform the public about Alzheimer’s Disease. Both of these initiatives were hosted by Alzheimer’s Association- New York City Chapter and were held at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City.
The art exhibition entitled The Later Works of William Utermohlen 1995-2000 that showcased a series of self portrait by the artist after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 1995. These pictures visually communicate the emotional, perceptual, and psychological journey of a man living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Despite the great sadness these works evoke, they are surely Bill’s most compelling works. They remain a testimony to the creative and human spirit that resides in many people with Alzheimer’s Disease.
(Text and photos lifted from the commemorative DVD given out by Myriad Pharmaceuticals at an international Alzheimer’s congress. Use of the material for this post is for information and advocacy purposes)
We drove through a blizzard going to Milwaukee from Chicago. I had planned to leave early so I can meet up with my friend Luca who at the time had a stint in Madison but because we had to buy groceries and ingredients for the elegant dinner planned by a friend from Ocee, Tennessee, we spent a long time at the Oriental store, bought half the stocks in the shelves and loaded them up in the black Suburban. That was why, what would have taken a four hour trip, took us seven. But the mouth watering food made up for the long, scary drive.
I had never intended to go to Wisconsin until a week after because I still had a few days of mentoring left with Dr. Tina. But a friend was insistent that we had to leave ASAP.
I did not regret it one bit because that started my love affair with the architecture of the Chilean Santiago Calatrava whose books I bought (along with Picasso’s) and stashed from the museum store.
The day after the storm was sunny. We decided to check out the all white museum that only recently was one of the location shoots for the fifth installment of the movie Transformers.
I have always admired unusual, iconic architectural designs and you would have thought the museum itself was the art work.
Next I will be posting my personal favorites from the museum collection. I have lost many photographs especially those of the sculptures and the Georgia O’Keefe section but there are enough interesting photos of art pieces left to make for an engaging next post. Or maybe soon. Because the Turkish music playing in the background (given to me by a patient this afternoon) makes me want to write about my Istanbul adventure after this.