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Chemistry and Art


The local American Chemical Society (Western Michigan section) will be hosting Eric Boersch to discuss the interplay of art and chemistry (see abstract below). The talk will take place at Loosemoore Auditorium on the GVSU Pew Campus from 6-9pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Chemistry and Art
This talk is intended for a general audience and will highlight selected aspects of the interplay between chemistry and art. Topics will range from the chemistry of 30,000 year-old cave paintings in Europe to relatively modern forgeries of classic paintings.  Along the way we will discuss a wide variety of subjects.  Ancient and modern chemical synthesis and analysis will be interwoven throughout the talk. At the end of the talk you will know the answers to some, or all, of these questions.  Where did caveman get his pigment and how can cave paintings be dated?  Can you really get red pigments from insects? Which pigment was (and still is) prepared using manure? How did the discovery of new chemical elements affect the impressionist artists? How do you make an “authentic” 300 hundred year old painting?  How did an unsuccessful chemical reaction make someone a millionaire? Which pigments made by the ancient Egyptians are now being examined for use in nanomaterials? Was Napoleon poisoned by a pigment? How does chemistry help catch forgers?

Chemistry and Art
  • Times:  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • October 6, 2016 to October 6, 2016
  • Grand Valley State University - Loosemore Auditorium