Dr. Willem J. Kolff, a resourceful Dutch physician who invented the first artificial kidney in a rural hospital during World War II, using sausage casings and even orange juice cans, and went on to build the first artificial heart. His artificial heart — though it carried the name of a colleague, Dr. Robert Jarvik — is still in use, in subsequent designs, as a bridge to transplantation in patients with heart failure. He moved to the University of Utah in 1967 to lead the division of artificial organs, which is where his team of 175 physicians, surgeons, engineers, chemists and other specialists built a succession of mechanical hearts . This is one such prototype from the 1960’s that was developed in his lab.
Agent Gallery featured in Journal of Antiques and collectibles print issue May 2019 Medical Art: A spectacle on Display. Many great medical articles in this issue—including civil war medical tools.
Honoring the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 8 mission, which
marked our first trip around the Moon. The Museum of Science and
Industry has created a1960s-inspired living room, bringing guests to
the moment of the Apollo 8 takeoff as Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and
Bill Anders made history.
I am very happy to have been asked to provide the moons that are
throughout the space and also curate a selection of moon work for the
pop up gift shop in the exhibit. Here are some great shots before the
opening by J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.
Special thanks to: Scout Design, Nick Zahn Framing, Anne Rashford, and the Museum of Science and Industry
More photos to come.
Moon Room 1968
December 6 – January 6
Very rare Dentiscope surgical lamp by Pittsburgh Electric Specialties Co. This was the first electrified medical lamp to replace gas lamps. Probably only the fancy dental offices in 1915 had them since it cost a half years salary acquire. We're in process of mounting this on a stand. More pictures to follow.
I was out hunting for these and I found a few great pieces. The fella that I got these from said he had a mad dash to get a few final pieces from a factory that produced these manikins. He assured me that what he got was usable and the rest was 'trash'--I dunno I hope he was right. I managed to get a robotic leg (sold it in about 30 minutes) and a head. I am surprised that I still have that. I guess if you knew how hard it is to score a crash test dummy you would probably buy this head.
We have steadily added a very nice selection of unique and original cyanotypes that I have not gotten a change to promote them. Eventually it will be its own category due to the amount of these pieces. Currently you can see them all in our 'Wall Pieces' section. Here is just one of my favorites.
Agent Gallery book years 2008/2016 documents object and design. This deluxe photo book is a record of the strange and interesting items cataloged and featured on agent gallery through the years. From industrial to medical design and all strange in between this book is the first major survey of Agent Gallery's eye.
Dr. Robert Jarvik invented the first artificial heart in 1982. I really like the story of Jarvik. It is the story of persistence and accomplishment--after having been rejected numerous times out of medical school he finally made it in University of Utah and developed this heart! This early model was hooked up to a large battery pack the size of a refrigerator and made a constant clicking sound. Barney Clark a 61 year old dentist was the first to get one of these and survived 112 days on it. It is a fascinating and pioneering piece of medical history. Piece came from a cardiologist personal collection and is a working model used to study the Jarvik-7 before implants and also to show candidates how it works. Has 'not for implant' securely built in the model chambers so as not to accidentally end up in someone. You can visit one in the Smithsonian or have one in your private collection.
decommissioned crash test dummy head with impact blue paint
This is our old spot that was small and intimate. We are now in a larger space in Logan Square. I bet you haven't been there yet--you should!
I was just thinking about when we first opened I was fortunate enough to have a very unique stock of early 1900-1930 marquee letters. Artist Jack Pierson used many of our letters to make installations in various museums around the globe. The one pictured below is in Italy. So when I say our stuff is instant art I mean it.
It was good to go into the Big Star the other day and have my fish taco. If you haven't been to this Chicago taco joint it sure serves up a pretty excellent selection of tacos. I usually hit it up when I am craving a fish taco and my friend JR loves the bourbon list. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they finally put up the Taco sign I sold them a while back--the fella closest to us in the photo found the 'S'. Team work!