Upcoming Symposia

Screenshot of search image results, including Japanese color print of a woman holding mirror.Searching Through Seeing: Optimizing Computer Vision Technology for the Arts

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 2:00–5:30 p.m. (reception to follow)
Presented by the Frick Art Reference Library

In recent years, the potential of computer vision has attracted widespread attention. Sensational headlines tout the potential of the computer to help us see and do more. Driverless cars, object recognition, and scene reconstruction all point to exciting possibilities for the future. Surprisingly, one group that has not explored the potential of computer vision fully is art historians, which is disappointing given that images are integral to the field. One of the main stumbling blocks to developing meaningful computer vision tools for art historians is the gap between the interests of technologists on the one hand and an understanding of the possibilities of computer vision technology among art historians on the other. This symposium aims to bring together professionals from the fields of computer science and art history who recognize the promise these technologies hold for understanding our material world more fully.


This symposium is organized by Louisa Wood Ruby, Head of Photoarchive Research, Ellen Prokop, Associate Photoarchivist, and Emily L. Spratt, Research Fellow, with the collaboration of ARTORY LLC.

The Frick Art Reference Library would like to thank ARTORY LLC and the HASSO PLATTNER INSTITUTE for their sponsorship of this event.

For more information contact: Louisa Wood Ruby (woodruby@frick.org) or Emily L. Spratt (spratt@frick.org)

Image credit: Reverse Image Search on Ukiyo-e.org