Oct 28, 2020, 6:30PM

Cell Melodies: Dr. Carlo Ventura and Dr. Baruch Krauss In Conversation with Milford Graves

Milford Graves, A Mind-Body Deal, 2020. Installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Photo by: Constance Mensh.

“The human heart beat…that’s my teacher, that’s my conductor, that’s my composer.” -Milford Graves

There are doctors who recognize Milford Graves’s scientific research in the basement of his home in Queens as being just as significant as the work conducted in laboratories by experts in the medical profession. Join us for a conversation between Milford Graves and two of his collaborators, Dr. Carlo Ventura and Dr. Baruch Krauss, as they discuss Graves’s research on cardiac rhythms, stem cell growth, and other aspects of the human heart.


Dr. Carlo Ventura received his MD in Cardiology and his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Bologna, Italy. He was a researcher in the Laboratory of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Institute of Aging and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. ​He is currently a Professor of Molecular Biology at the School of Medicine at the University of Bologna, and heads the National Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Stem Cell Engineering for the National Institute of Biostructures and Biosystems in Bologna.

Dr. Baruch Krauss is a Senior Associate Physician in Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Krauss’s research and educational interests include methods for establishing trust with children, the pharmacologic management of acute pain and anxiety in children undergoing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and the use of capnography for patient safety monitoring. Dr. Krauss received an MD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook’s School of Medicine, and an EdM from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

Live captioning will be provided for this program by Caption Access. Please contact Natalie Sandstrom – Program Coordinator at nsand@ica.upenn.edu with any questions.

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This program is co-presented by Ars Nova Workshop.


Major support for Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Joseph Robert Foundation. Additional support has been provided by Nancy & Leonard Amoroso, Cecile & Christopher D’Amelio, Carol & John Finley, Amanda & Andrew Megibow, Norma & Larry Reichlin, and by Caroline & Daniel Werther.

Programming at ICA has been made possible in part by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation, and by Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan.