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Art of Science: Solving Art’s Mysteries










In this monthly series, scientists present different scientific topics to the general public in a laid back fashion.

The June 2013 event:
Solving Art’s Mysteries
Presented by Prof. Katherine Faber, Northwestern University
(full abstract below)
The presentation will be 8-9 pm

(This was a meetup event at a different venue on 2/27/13, in case you missed it or want to hear the presentation again).

Free event!

Exciting science, art and socializing!
Donation bar!
Delicious food to buy from the Vegan Food Truck!

Layne Jackson's Art Shop is just south of the Division blue line stop.
Also accessible by the Ashland (#9) and Division (#70) buses.
Some street parking is available.

We hope you will join us!
Please post the event on your wall and invite friends.

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Henri Matisse was a painter of vivid colors. From 1913 – 1917, however, he radically changed his style and palette. By collaborating with Art Institute conservators and scientists, Northwestern engineering research teams turned up significant clues as to how Matisse’s famous painting “Bathers by a River” evolved during its painting. Along with understanding the history of the Matisse work, researchers have also uncovered the sources of coloration of an ancient jade sculpture called “The Kneeling Figure,” the reasons a dramatic sky disappeared from Winslow Homer’s watercolor “For to be a Farmer’s Boy,” the culprits (burning coal and light exposure) behind the faded brilliance of Seurat’s oil painting “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte” and the provenance of a number of modern bronze sculptures, including some by Picasso.

Professor Faber will discuss the coupling of science, engineering, and art which builds bridges across disciplines and across the city enabling a new kind of art history through the recently established Northwestern University-Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS).

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  • Margaret T

    Next time, I hope.

    1 · June 12, 2013

  • Yoav

    Just a reminder that the event is in 2 days, Thu, 6/13/13, 7-10 pm (presentation 8-9 pm).
    Hope to see you there!

    June 11, 2013

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