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A Tribute to Nurses and Doctors

April 29–September 12, 2020

In recognition of the frontline workers providing essential care during the COVID-19 pandemic, this page presents prints, drawings, and photographs of nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals. Spanning over a century, these works from our collection consist of documentary materials, posters, and artistic meditations on the people who tend to the ill and injured.

Here we see just a few examples of what care can look like: quiet moments of tender exchange, high-stakes medical interventions, and urgent mobilizations to marshal resources. The pictures also reveal that the field of medicine itself has long been an arena in struggles for social justice, as people continue to fight over who receives care and who administers it.

In these images, we witness the agony, solidarity, and relief experienced during times of collective hurting and healing. We see also the dignity of patients in disparate settings of human vulnerability, resilience, and mourning.

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Louis Marchesano, The Audrey and William H. Helfand Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; Amanda Bock, The Lynne and Harold Honickman Assistant Curator of Photographs; and Laurel Garber, The Park Family Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings. Text by Laurel Garber.
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