Don’t miss the current issue of the arts/culture journal Esopus, devoted to health and medicine:

Exploring the multiple intersections between medicine and creativity, Esopus 22: Medicine, the first annual issue of Esopus, features contributions from more than 60 artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, designers, curators, and medical professionals. Our largest issue to date includes long-form artists’ projects by Nina Katchadourian, Teresa Matas, Melissa Meyer, Fred Tomaselli, William Villalongo(with poetry by Nicole Sealey), and Martin Wilner.

The issue also features a selection of materials from the archives of the poet/doctor William Carlos Williams, including a series of notes for poems and essays written on his prescription pads; 100 frames from Frederick Wiseman’s classic 1970 documentary Hospital, introduced by emergency-room physican and author Paul Austin (Something for the Pain); a new installment of the regular series “Modern Artifacts,” featuring material from the MoMA archives related to a 1943 exhibition that displayed artworks by disabled and convalescent war veterans who had participated in the museum’s “Arts in Therapy” program; a 360° oral history of a single interaction between a patient and a medical institution—including interviews with the patient, family members, doctors, nurses, and hospital staff—conducted and compiled by Danielle Spencer, a faculty member at Columbia University’s Program of Narrative Medicine, and Stephanie Adler Yuan; new writing by Heather McPherson; comics from nurse MK Czerwiec (Comic Nurse) and doctor Ian Williams (The Bad Doctor); and photographs from the Magnum Photos Archive by Stuart Franklin related to condom production in the UK at the height of the AIDS crisis in 1987. The issue also includes two separate subscriber invitationals: One features a series of images commissioned from medical-illustration graduate students from the University of Illinois, Chicago, depicting Esopus readers’ subjective descriptions of recent ailments; and the other presents renderings by interior designer Thomas Juncher Jensen of the “ideal waiting room” based on suggestions submitted by subscribers. The issue closes with a CD of 10 new songs—each inspired by a bodily organ—contributed by The Fiery Furnaces, Lovestreams (Okkervil River’s Will Sheff), Jean Rohe, Horse Lords, Vulfpeck, Cities Aviv, Boister, Flaws, Frank LoCrasto and Jon Natchez.

Issue Launch and Related Events

On Thursday, May 7th, from 6 to 8pm, the Esopus Foundation will host a launch event for the issue at the recently opened Manhattan space of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (136 W. 22nd Street). Issue contributor William Villalongo attended Skowhegan in 2002, and contributors Melissa Meyer and Fred Tomaselli have both served on the Skowhegan faculty. The event is free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, May 26th, at 7pm, Esopus will present an evening of programmingrelated to the issue at The Kitchen, with contributions from artists Nina Katchadourian, musician Will Sheff, and other Esopus 22 contributors. The event is free and open to the public.
On Sunday, June 14th, at 5pm, Esopus will host a rare screening of Frederick Wiseman’s 1970 documentary Hospital at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. The screening will be introduced via Skype by Wiseman, who is currently in Paris cutting his most recent film. The event is open to the public and accessible with an admission fee ($12) to the museum.