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The Evolving Artwork

March 20, 2008
6:30 p.m.

This multidisciplinary series of discussions features prominent artists, art historians, scientists, conservators, and others as they provide a variety of perspectives on the complex process of experiencing art. Discussions explore the ways in which the perception of a single artwork evolves over time, how artists adopt optical and perceptive strategies as a means of influencing a particular sensorial experience, and the impact of recent scientific research and color theory on art and architecture.

An artwork often has a life that extends beyond the original intentions of its maker, as its materials enter into a process of slight transformations and interpretive perceptions change. This discussion, which includes experts in the conservation, curatorial, and education fields, analyzes artworks' evolutions throughout history. Participants include Jim Coddington, Chief Conservator, Department of Conservation, Susan Kismaric, Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, and Edward Powers, Lecturer, The Museum of Modern Art, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute. This program is moderated by Leonard Lopate, host of The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC.

The Art and Perception Series is made possible by The Dana Foundation.

Photo courtesy of Paula Court

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