The Gross Clinic

Thomas Eakins and The World's Fairs 

Thursdays on June 10, 17, and 24th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Zoom address will be emailed upon registration
$50/$35 for PAFA Members or $20 per class/$15 for Members

Thomas Eakins’ two medical masterpieces, The Gross Clinic and The Agnew Clinic were both displayed at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. This lecture series with Dr. Paul Sivitiz examines Eakins’ use of a long-standing genre which he “modernized” (and the reason why The Gross Clinic was so off-putting to viewers at the 1876 World’s Fair). We will also explore if Eakins’ participation (essentially virtual, of course) in the Chicago World’s Fair contributed to the racial inequality promoted by the fair’s organizers.


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Thursday June 10
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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Thursday June 10
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
The Gross Clinic was part of a tradition of medical painting and illustration dating back several hundred years. This lecture explores how Thomas Eakins not only continued in that tradition, but also expanded its possibilities. Register Below
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Thursday June 17
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
The Gross Clinic was originally scheduled to be displayed at the 1876 World’s Fair in Philadelphia, but it was likely Eakins’ “modern” approach to his subject that scrapped the plan. A generation later, The Gross Clinic and The Agnew Clinic were displayed at The World’s Columbian Exposition (aka The Chicago World’s Fair) in 1893. Why? Register for class two below
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Thursday June 24
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
World’s Fairs in America during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries could best be described as “edutainment.” Fair organizers overtly promoted racial inequality, and the Eakins Clinic paintings helped undergird this strategy. Register for Class Three Below
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Event registration summary
Thomas Eakins and the Worlds Fairs:
General Admission
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$50.00
PAFA Member
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$35.00
Class One: Medical Art and the Gross Clinic:
General Admission
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$20.00
PAFA Member
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$15.00
Class Two: Modernism and Eakins Clinic Paintings:
General Admission
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$20.00
PAFA Member
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$15.00
Class Three: Eakins and the World’s Fairs:
General Admission
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$20.00
PAFA Member
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$15.00
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