2017-03-17 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Artist Robert Sarnoff Lands Exhibit At Mount Sinai’s Ruttenberg Center

Robert Sarnoff, The Wave’s editorial cartoonist from 2002 to 2016, created a major five-piece art installment that will be permanently displayed at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Ruttenberg Center in New York City.

“STAGES: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance are my interpretations of what the average person is said to experience when faced with [troubling health] news,” says Sarnoff. “We all deal with this in our own way. There are also smatterings of Shock, Guilt, Pain, Loneliness and Hope. My doctor said, ‘I know what you’re thinking, Why me?’ That wasn’t it. It was more like Miss Piggy’s ‘Moi? Me? Look at me. This can’t be.’ Long operations, chemo, sepsis, transfusions, rigors…then little by little, we manage to get back ‘on our feet.’”

Sarnoff felt compelled to purge this experience through the design of these five panels.

On March 9 the works were hung at The Ruttenberg Treatment Center at Mount Sinai to become part of their permanent collection.

These art pieces will be prominently displayed so that patients, caregivers, medical staff and loved ones will be able to view and appreciate them.

“It’s a good feeling. If my catharsis in some way brings comfort or a sense of community, camaraderie, relief to any viewer, then I will be content,” muses Sarnoff.

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