Dana-Farber showcases museum-quality artwork to help reduce stress for patients

Elaine Tinoetti, art program administrator at Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, mounts a small panel with credit information about a new piece of art which was just installed in the Laboratory Services department at the institute. Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

Getting treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute? You could walk past an Andy Warhol piece.

Dana-Farber has 1,500 pieces of art on its main campus in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area and its satellite sites, according to Stat.

Patients arriving for chemotherapy appointments or follow-ups can walk past Warhol’s “Souper Dress,’’ prints by Sol LeWitt, or even a glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly, the chair of the art committee at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Jane Mayer, told Stat.

Jane Mayer, chair of the art and environment committee at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, considers where to place new artwork in the Laboratory Services department.


Mayer said her goal is “to put art wherever patients are going to travel’’ as a way to reduce anxiety for patients and their families walking through the halls during what could be very difficult times.

According to Mayer, the hospital’s art committee, overseen by the philanthropic group Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, buys some of the pieces for the hospital and manages the collection. About 65 percent of the artwork has also been donated to the institute, according to Stat.

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