Thanks for the Mammaries, Breast Cancer Panel: Sunday, August 17th, 2 pm 8.16.14

Klowden Mann is pleased to announce a panel discussion with breast cancer experts as part of the ongoing exhibition, Thanks for the Mammaries. Los Angeles-based artist and provocateur Bettina Hubby’s unique exhibition of boob-themed art includes over 100 artists who have come together to support Hubby in the face of her recent diagnosis with breast cancer, presented at ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. from July 31st–August 17th.  Regular hours are Wednesday – Sunday 11am-5pm.

Thanks for the Mammaries evidences an art community at its kindest. She didn’t want pity, she wanted to laugh, and so Hubby asked for people to send her boobs, not sadness, and it worked. Every day people flowered her with images, videos and verbiage of a boob-variety unimaginable, and this helped her through, and inspired her to pay it forward. Then she sent out a call to artists to submit works for an actual exhibition and accepted all entries. The resulting array of breastishness is boggling and delightful, eerie and powerful. Between 25% and 75% of the sale of each piece during the auction and subsequent run of the exhibition will go towards The Cancer Support Community Benjamin Center, a local Los Angeles charity that offers free support groups, counseling, and educational symposiums for those facing cancer, with specific support groups and educational outreach for breast cancer.

Drawing on Hubby’s powerful example of the strength lent by action and community, the exhibit will culminate with a panel of Los Angeles-based leaders in the fight against Breast Cancer. The panel will be an open floor for questions from patients, survivors, and family/support-team members. Stacked with a broad range of experts, the panel will focus on diverse treatments, approaches, and lifestyle changes to support patients and survivors. Chairing and moderating the panel will be Deb Rivera, PhD, a biomedical engineer recently returned to Los Angeles after five years in Europe, where she was funded in Germany and the Netherlands to develop a new technology for non-invasive monitoring of lymph node response to breast cancer treatment, and to lay the groundwork for an international effort to bring forth new technologies to patients.


Steve Benedict, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., O.M.D.
Licensed Acupuncturist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine; specializing in Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching. Dr. Benedict has been providing integrative medical care in private practice in the Los Angeles area since 1983.

Jorge Moreno, DO
Cutting edge integrative physician. He is passionate about Biodynamic Osteopathy (Cranial-Sacral Osteopathy) and has added many modalities to his repertoire including but not limited to: Nutrition, Bio-Therapeutic Drainage, Homotoxicology, Aromatherapy, Energy Medicine, Recall Healing, and Biopuncture.

Susan Love, MD
President and Medical Director of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, founder and board member of Windy Hill Medical, Dr. Love sits on the Boards of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the Medical Advisory Board of Young Survival Coalition. She is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and was appointed by President Clinton to the National Cancer Advisory Board. Author of Susan Love’s Breast Book, termed “the bible for women with breast cancer,” by the New York Times.

Patricia Ganz, MD
Practicing oncologist and faculty member at UCLA, established the Family Cancer Registry and Genetic Evaluation Program, and Director of Cancer Prevention Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Ganz’s includes cancer survivorship, late effects of cancer treatment, cancer in the elderly, quality of care for cancer patients, and advocating policy changes that emphasize the importance of psychological support as part of standard care. She has authored and edited many books, including Cancer Survivorship: Today and Tomorrow.

Philomena McAndrews, MD
Practicing Oncologist in the Tower Hematology  Oncology Medical Group, and Chairperson of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. McAndrews has served and is active on a host of national and local organizations including the American Medical Association, Women of Los Angeles, and the American Society for Breast Disease. She is co-founder of the Tower Cancer Research Foundation–a clinician initiated non-profit group that supports research, education, and support, including Spirit of Survival, a free patient support program offering a host of exercise classes, mind/body/spirit workshops, and support groups.

Please come and show your support for the most serious of topics approached in a brave and beautiful way.

If you would like to submit questions before the event, please email debsrivera@gmail

ForYourArt produces and hosts activities at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. to promote engagement with art, Los Angeles, and the Miracle Mile as part of its broad mission to create content to frame and support the activities of artists, curators, and institutions.

Related press and information:

New York Magazine feature on Thanks for the Mammaries
LA Weekly article on the project
Interview with Bettina Hubby on Huffington Post