What is art? To some, it's pain on a canvas or clay molded on a pottery wheel. To others, it's dissected and preserved human remains. Bodies ... The Exhibition embraces the notion that the body is a work of art and channels this idea throughout its museum on Fulton Street in downtown Manhattan.
The specimens are all preserved using standard mortuary science before -- and this is quite a whirlwind -- getting dissected, immersed in acetone, submerged in a bath of silicone, sealed in a vacuum, and hardened. All so guests can gawk at more than 200 specimens (including intact bodies and individual, cross-sectioned organs) as they learn what a human body really looks like on the inside. Ain't life grand?
Tickets are a bit pricey at $26.50 per adult (and a buck more on weekends or holidays), but where else can you see the organs and tissues that are hidden inside of us all?
Given the nature of the material, it might be best to go before lunch.