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Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal

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Dr. Carlo Ventura and Dr. Baruch Krauss in conversation with Milford Graves

October 28, 2020

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 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.

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

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.

Wednesday, October 28


  • Talks

Program Info

Free with RSVP
All Ages

Sponsored by

Major support for Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal 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.



Presented by

Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal, organized and presented by Ars Nova Workshop and Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania (ICA).


October 28, 2020 – “Cell Melodies: Dr. Carlo Ventura and Dr. Baruch Krauss in conversation with Milford Graves,” video recording of livestreamed program provided by ICA. (YouTube)

September 25, 2020 – January 24, 2021

Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal

  • Exhibition

Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal

An exhibition gathering the many-layered and multi-faceted works of free jazz pioneer and polymath Milford Graves. Presented by Ars Nova Workshop at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.