Chemistry Meets Art--RI ACS November Meeting at RISD

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Chemistry Meets Art--RI ACS November Meeting at RISD

The Rhode Island Section of the American Chemical Society is hosting its November meeting Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.  All are welcome to attend!
X-Ray Vision – Scientific analysis is used to address artworks’ authenticity, construction, state of preservation, and mechanisms of degradation. Given the irreplaceable nature of art, this research must be conducted either non-invasively or with microsamples.  In this presentation Dr. Maas will share studies involving masterpieces by Matisse, N.C. Wyeth, Teniers, and Brueghel.
 
Guest speaker Dr. Jennifer Mass is Senior Scientist and Laboratory Director, Scientific Research and Analysis Laboratory, Winterthur Museum and Art Conservation Department, University of Delaware.  She earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry at Franklin and Marshall College, then followed with an MS and a PhD from Cornell in inorganic chemistry.  With support from the Mellon and Kress Foundations, she spent three years in research at the Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  She taught art conservation at The State University of New York College at Buffalo, and joined the staff at Winterthur’s Scientific Research and Analysis Laboratory, where she has applied the techniques of inorganic chemistry, materials science and instrumental analysis to problems in art and archaeology.
X-Ray Vision
Lecture 6:30-8 pm
Metcalf Auditorium
Chace Center entrance
20 North Main Street
Providence
See http://www.artcons.udel.edu/faculty/winterthur/jennifer-mass for more extensive biographical details.
This presentation is jointly sponsored by the Rhode Island Section of the American Chemical Society and by the Rhode Island School of Design.
 
For further details, see http://www.ric.edu/organic/fission/fp.pdf