Stafford gives public lecture and makes studio visits

May 8, 2009

In April, Barbara Maria Stafford, William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor, emerita, at the University of Chicago, lectured on campus and met with students. The Department of Art and the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology cosponsored her visit.

Stafford's public lecture to an audience of artists, designers, philosophers, historians, and scientists focused on the visual typology of "slow looking" in contemporary art and neuroscience. During her second day in Ithaca, she engaged in individual conversations and critiques with M.F.A. and B.F.A. students in the art department.

Stafford spent spring 2009 as a distinguished visiting scholar at the Humanities Institute at SUNY Buffalo. Author of many books, including Body Criticism: Imaging the Unseen in Enlightenment Art and Medicine, Good Looking: Essays on the Virtue of Images, and Echo Objects: The Cognitive Work of Images, her multidisciplinary work spans art and visual studies, physical and biological sciences to consider the visualization of knowledge in the past and to speculate on the role of visuality and interdisciplinarity in the future.

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