The Church and The American Artists’ Hand Archive are pleased to announce a remarkable evening with innovative Orthopaedic Surgeon and Clinician Scientist Dr. Aaron Daluiski. Dr. Daluiski will speak on his career and his deep understanding of anatomy as well as his fascination with how the human hand is depicted in art. The presentation will be accompanied by Dr. Daluiski’s personal collection of images of the human hand in art. A Q&A will follow the lecture with Dr. Daluiski, The Archive’s Founder Vanessa Hoheb, and its Artistic Director Thomas Donahue. Attendees will be afforded the rare opportunity, under curatorial supervision, to have a hands-on experience with the Archive’s bronzes.

This program is held in conjunction with The Church’s exhibition Hand Made: Guitars According to G.E. Smith and The American Artists’ Hands Archive, which features a collection of bronze casts of the hand(s) of 31 visual artists made as part of an on-going series by Vanessa Hoheb and Thomas Donahue of The American Artist’s Hand Archive.

Documenting the hands of many well-known artists, these casts allow our viewers to understand how this essential part of human anatomy is an integral tool of their remarkable careers. Illustrating that any creative practice is both a mental and a physical exercise, these objects demonstrate the dedication of artists and the ways that the artistic and imaginative activities influence our bodies, and our lives. The American Artists’ Hand Archive acknowledges significant contributions to contemporary culture and celebrates the relationship between maker and medium. The exhibition’s bronze life castings illustrate the artist’s impact on material as well as the material’s impact on the artist. Dr. Daluiski’s presentation will offer a unique perspective on the exhibition’s subject matter.



Dr. Aaron Daluiski is a physician-scientist specializing in adult and pediatric hand and upper extremity surgery. He received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed his clinical training in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCLA. Dr. Daluiski has also completed a research fellowship concentrating on the molecular aspects of limb development and bone biology. He has completed the Hand and Upper Extremity clinical fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery. His current research interests include the isolation and study of genes involved with fracture healing and limb development.



The American Artists’ Hand Archive was established with the mission to assemble an ongoing archive of superbly crafted bronze casts of artists’ hands with the intent to exhibit them to the public. Vanessa Hoheb is the founder and director of the Archive. She began her apprenticeship at age 17 in the studio of her father, Bruce Hoheb, mastering the skills and techniques of sculptural enlarging, mold-making, bronze casting, and restoration. She has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, led the team that restored the skin of the Statue of Liberty, and oversaw the restoration and conservation division at the Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry. She lectures at Marist College, Bard College, Pratt Institute, and John Hopkins University. Thomas Donahue is the Archive’s Artistic Director. A classically trained artist, his expertise is in sculpture, historic preservation, and architectural design. He curates a vast collection of early 19th century plaster molds, has researched, and restored important historic interiors from Providence to Atlanta, worked as an artist designing for Tiffany & Co., and completed many private commissions. He is the Artistic Director for the General Society of Mechanic and Tradesmen of the City of New York. Hoheb and Donahue collaborate with the artist whose hands they are casting to identify a meaningful pose and an individualized patina that illustrates the personality and career of each of these artists.



Housed in a deconsecrated 19th century Methodist church, The Church is a 501c-3 not-for-profit organization encompassing an artist residency, exhibition space, and creativity center. It is a place where local and national artists and creatives of all stripes work, meet and inspire each other. Artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik founded The Church in 2018 and have led its redesign with Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership. The modern interior complements its historic frame and is emblematic of the contemporary program of events that animate the structure. The Church will increase access to the arts for our diverse audiences, foster creativity on the East End, and honor Sag Harbor’s long tradition as a maker’s village.

For more information visit: www.thechurchsagharbor.org



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