Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics

February 15, 2018 - May 9, 2018

CCA&C at PNCA in partnership with the Design Museum Boston will present Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics. Thoughts of artificial limbs may conjure up movie imagery like Star-Wars-hero Luke Skywalker’s prosthetic hand in The Empire Strikes Back — in reality these devices are even more meaningful and, in some cases, just as high-tech — pushing boundaries for veterans who have lost limbs in combat, paralympic athletes breaking records with adaptive technology, and even a young girl who designed and 3D-printed her own glitter-spouting “unicorn” arm, just to name a few. Behind these incredible devices are engineers, clinicians, prosthetists, makers, designers, and of course, patients. Over 2 million people in the U.S. live with limb loss. The exhibition we’re developing will feature amazing artifacts alongside the stories of the people who create, fit, and use prosthetics. To complement this first-of-its-kind exhibition, we’ll host events featuring prosthetics users, medical experts, and industry thought leaders, as well as produce a major print publication of all the imagery, research, and exhibition content.

Gathering Resistance: Black Lives Matter - The Artists' Call

Gathering Autonomy: Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative

Gathering Thoughts: A Group Conversation with some Justseeds members

Gathering Thoughts: A People’s Art History

“This Just In … Endless War”—Justseeds/Combat Paper Workshop

Resolving Chaos: Honour Mack

Alien She

Wangechi Mutu: The Hybrid Human

James Rosenquist



David Horvitz

Roy Tomlinson: ReMap

Potency of Process: Moving Through Breast Cancer

Letha Wilson: Shadows and Sunlight

Costumes, Reverence, & Forms: A Portland/Philadelphia Mixer

Unwalking the West

The Earth Will Not Abide

Jenny Holzer, Use What is Dominant in a Culture to Change it Quickly


Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics

King’s Mouth: Wayne Coyne

Alison Saar: Crepuscular Blue

2017 Hallie Ford Fellows Exhibition


Works from the Museum of Contemporary Craft Collection

Post-Digital Landscapes

Open Call Guerilla Outdoor Performance Festival

Reconstructing Craft: Feminism and Contemporary Ceramics

Dynasty Handbag: I, An Moron

Bruce Nauman: Language Body

HIDDEN ASSEMBLY: Labor Through the Lens of Contemporary Art

Converge 45 : YOU IN MIND

Joe Feddersen: Echo

John Riepenhoff: Apparitions


Tenuous Constructions