The Northwestern University-Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS) is a collaborative endeavor in conservation science that pursues objects-based and objects-inspired scientific research to advance the role of science within art history, curatorial scholarship, archaeology, and conservation. The goals of the collaborative program are to enrich the breadth, scope, and reach of scientific studies in the arts and in the wider field of conservation in the United States and abroad, by leveraging resources at the Art Institute and materials-related departments at Northwestern University. This research and education initiative also provides enhanced training opportunities for participants through involvement in university-museum multidisciplinary programs.
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NU-ACCESS is co-sponsoring a lecture on April 24 by the Nemmers Prize-winning mathematician Ingrid Daubechies, who uses mathematical tools to determine the authenticity of paintings. She'll speak about the techniques used to examine the work of Van Gogh, as well as forgeries. Read more