McLean Hospital

Deconstructing Stigma (at Logan Airport, Boston)

Exhibit designed by:

Adriana Bobinchock, McLean Hospital,

Scott O’Brien, McLean Hospital,

Display period: 2016–current


Impact Upon Exhibition Trend:

Deconstructing Stigma is unquestionably the most viewed exhibition about mental health in the United States. Its central feature is its floor-to-ceiling portraits of real people who are publicly acknowledging their own mental health challenges, or those of a loved one. This collaboration between McLean Hospital and Massport represents the most significant example of an exhibition “breaking out” of the realm of a traditional museum location and into public space. The majority of portraits are everyday people, though the exhibition also includes celebrities such as Howie Mandel, and former NFL player Brandon Marshall.



Deconstructing Stigma at Logan Airport, Boston.

Image used with permission from McLean Hospital

The National Museum of Mental Health Project researches the use of exhibits to transform society's attitudes about,

and understanding of, mental health. 

The Project seeks to:

  • Share research related to exhibits about mental health and wellness. 

  • Facilitate collaboration among artists, curators, exhibit designers, mental health professionals, people with lived experience, and others who seek to share knowledge.

  • Inspire the development of a national museum of mental health that is a museum-without-walls. This may take the form of a new nonprofit entity, or emerge organically from vigorous collaboration and sharing of know-how.


The Project extends from a research fellowship at Assumption University. 

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