Gallery Talk: Perspectives on Art, Medicine, and Palliative Care in "The Heart's Knowledge": Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Gallery Talk: Perspectives on Art, Medicine, and Palliative Care in "The Heart's Knowledge"

black and white illustration of an arm with traditional, pulse-measuring device, floating over a group of people
Dario Robleto, film still from "The Aorta of an Archivist," 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.
2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Sat June 3, 2023
2:00 PM-3:00 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Gallery talk led by Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine Palliative Care physicians and faculty members Joshua Hauser, MD (Associate Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine) and Gordon Wood, MD (Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Education).

Explore questions and ideas raised in The Heart’s Knowledge: Science and Empathy in the Art of Dario Robleto during gallery talks presented from perspectives across disciplines—from The Block, Northwestern University, and beyond.

Programs are open to all, on a first-come first-served basis. RSVPs are not required, but appreciated, as they help us anticipate attendance numbers.




The Block Museum of Art acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. 







headshot of blonde man in glasses and blue button-down Joshua Hauser is Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Education and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Director at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. He practices clinically at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, where he is section chief for palliative care. Dr. Hauser has had a career-long interest in palliative care education and directs the Education in Palliative and End of Life Care (EPEC) Program, a 20-year-old train-the-trainer program designed to teach primary palliative care skills to clinicians of all disciplines and backgrounds. In addition to general palliative care education, Dr. Hauser has educational interests in medical humanities and bioethics and overall professional development for medical students and trainees of all levels. The Poetry for Veterans project he started has led to a medical humanities seminar at Northwestern, a joint staff-patient poetry discussion series at the Jesse Brown VA, a paper in Journal of Palliative Medicine and was featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal.


headshot of man in glasses and a dark suitGordon J. Wood, MD, MSCI, FAAHPM is Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Education in the Section of Palliative Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is Associate Program Director for the Northwestern University fellowship in Palliative Medicine and serves as Associate Director of the Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (EPEC) Program. He is also a Strategic Partner with VitalTalk, a nonprofit at the forefront of improving serious illness communication. In collaboration with a group of educators from across the United States, Dr Wood has helped pioneer the use of museum-based education (MBE) in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) training. He was a design partner fellow for the Harvard Macy Museum-based Health Professions Education Fellowship and has used MBE techniques to help teach Chicago-area HPM fellows over the last 9 years.  He has published on the use of MBE in HPM education and presented this work nationally and internationally.   


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