Art & Science: Connections & Intersections

Friday, April 25, 2014


The Interpretation of Images, Objects, and Data

April 25, 2014 
Program:  1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Reception: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

ISE Lab, University of Delaware

Ticket price:
$50; full-time undergraduate & graduate students: $20


Walk-ins are welcome and may pay with a credit card or cash at the door.

The first annual Art & Science: Connections and Intersections symposium will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the ISE Lab on-campus. This forum focuses on relationships among arts, science, and technology and is organized by the Department of Art History, the Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering (ISE) Lab, and the Friends of Art History.

Presentations will circulate around this year’s theme of the Interpretation of Images, Objects, and Data and will address the exchanges that occur in interdisciplinary research; the intersections of sciences and culture in historical contexts; and potential areas of collaboration and convergence between scholars working inside the academy and professionals operating outside, in arts, business, and technology environments.

Dabney Hailey, Hailey Consulting Group, Boston, will open the program with a participatory workshop using the analytical techniques of Visual Thinking Strategies and speaking about the cognitive and behavioral psychology research that supports it.

Featured scholars include Maura Flannery, Professor of Biology, St. John’s University, who will discuss how botanical art has been pivotal in communicating scientific information about plants; Charles Little, Senior Curator, Department of Medieval Art, Metropolitan Museum, and co-director of the Limestone Research Provenance Project, who will explain how the analysis of isotope decay is used to determine the provenance of Medieval sculpture; Abigail Quandt, Head of Book and Paper Conservation/Senior Conservator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, who will shed light on the Archimedes Palimpsest Project that involved conservators, imaging scientists, art historians, and data specialists, among others, to recover and re-evaluate ancient scientific texts; and two student speakers, Kristin de Ghetaldi, a Ph.D. candidate in Art Conservation, and Elizabeth S. Diker, an undergraduate dual major in Art History and Art Conservation, who will report on the interdisciplinary research they have conducted at UD.

Ending the program, Keynote Speaker Barbara Maria Stafford, William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor Emerita, University of Chicago and Distinguished Visiting University Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, will illuminate her work to create a new meta-field that bridges the humanities-neuroscience divide. Stafford is interested in how complex works of art help viewers cognize, confer reality, or have knowledge of what lies before one’s eyes. She will discuss the threats posed to experience and perception by subcortical tailorized experiences, distractive electronic media, and the rise of filtering devices.

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Tickets are $50 per person; $20 for UD students. Capacity is limited and early registration is advised.


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