Tuesday, August 12, 2003
Plaster casts of hideously deformed babies. John Wilkes Booth's thorax floating in a jar of formaldehyde. Narrow drawers containing 2,000 accidentally swallowed items removed without surgery by one determined physician. Yes, the Mütter Museum's medical monstrosities are far, far from typical gallery exhibits. Though the Philadelphia institution is open to the public, most camera-toting tourists would rather visit the Liberty Bell instead. But ghoulish Bay Areans don't even have to book a ticket east for a thrillingly horrified peek, not when "Mütter Museum Photographs" is in town. The show features appallingly fascinating photos on view through Sept. 6 at SF Camerawork, 1245 Folsom (at Eighth Street), S.F. Admission is free; call 863-1001 or visit www.sfcamerawork.org.