Taubman Institute presents An Evening of Art + Science


Gala and auction to showcase new works of art inspired by Taubman Scholars

Some virtuosos express their talents through clay, paint, wood, words or dance.

For others, the media are the very cells and molecules of the human body.

 Each expert excels in his or her chosen field, and on one unprecedented night in May, they will come together in Detroit for a gala celebration: An Evening of Art + Science.

This unique fundraising event will unveil the works inspired by the pairing of 11 physician-researchers of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute with noted artists from the Detroit area and beyond. For months, the artists have been meeting with their medical counterparts to discuss the creativity that abounds in their respective disciplines, and to gain ideas and inspiration from the medical research being conducted by these dedicated clinician-scientists from the University of Michigan.

An Evening of Art + ScienceOn May 22, the results will be revealed when the scientists, the artists and supporters come     together at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) to discuss the collaborations. The art pieces will be sold at auction and the proceeds used to fund the Taubman Emerging Scholars program, which helps early-career clinician-scientists establish their laboratories.

Meanwhile, the eminent senior scholars of the Taubman Institute are conducting groundbreaking research on a variety of devastating diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and multiple sclerosis, among many others. In less than six years since the founding of the institute – which operates as a unit of the University of Michigan Medical School -- the research it has sponsored has produced more than 50 human clinical trials of potentially life-saving treatments.

The work of the Taubman Institute is funded solely by private philanthropy. The Evening of Art and Science will raise funds to help maintain the pipeline of life-altering medical discoveries, and will showcase for the Metro Detroit community the amazing breakthroughs that are emerging from the laboratories of the Taubman Scholars, all of whom are practicing physicians and U-M faculty in addition to being active scientific researchers.

An Evening of Art + ScienceAmong the artists whose work will be auctioned are choreographer and theater director Aku Kadogo, painter Simone DeSousa, interactive artist Osman Khan, Lynne Avadenka and the team of Cezanne Charles and John Marshall. This show has been curated by Lynn Crawford, a board member of MOCAD and a distinguished novelist and art critic.

Some of the scientists featured in the project include Dr. Valerie Castle, a cancer researcher and chair of the U-M Health System’s department of pediatrics and communicable diseases; Dr. Parag Patil, a U-M neurosurgeon who is conducting the first intraspinal injections of stem cells into patients with ALS; Dr. Ronald Buckanovich, an associate professor of gynecology who is testing a new drug for ovarian cancer patients, and Dr. Eva Feldman, the Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology at U-M and the director of the Taubman Institute.

An Evening of Art + Science The evening also will feature music, dancing, dinner and cocktails. Dinner tickets are available for a donation of $500.

Tickets to the after-dinner party and auction are $50. To reserve tickets, please visit www.taubmaninstitute.org/artscience/partytix

Tickets that include the special VIP reception before the event are $1,000.

All proceeds benefit the Taubman Institute’s Emerging Scholars Program for early career physician-scientists at the University of Michigan Health System.

For VIP or Dinner tickets, please contact Maria Muller at (734) 763-6249 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Many thanks to the generous sponsors who are making possible An Evening of Art + Science

Presenting Sponsor
A. Alfred Taubman

Title Sponsor
Suburban Collection

Founding Sponsor
Edith S. Briskin / SKS Foundation

Benefactor Sponsor
Linda Dresner

Patron Sponsor
Plante Moran

Special thanks to The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

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