Upcoming Symposia

Searching Through Seeing: Optimizing Computer Vision Technology for the Arts

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 2:00–6:30 p.m. (reception to follow)
Presented by the Frick Art Reference Library

In recent years, the potential uses of computer vision technology have attracted widespread attention. From vision-tech operated cameras that direct self-driving cars to facial recognition software used in social media, what it means to see has taken on renewed significance in the age of artificial intelligence. Image recognition software in particular has developed into a powerful and sophisticated tool that we have a social responsibility not only to guide in its ever-growing applications but also to direct for use in the arts.

This symposium is an initiative to harness existing tools in computer vision science for art-historical research and help guide their future development. To this end, we are bringing together art historians, curators, computer scientists, software engineers, business leaders in the tech sector, and funders to identify the precise technological needs for expanding image-based searching as a tool and a methodology with the ultimate aim of building a usable image-search platform with multiple applications in the arts.


The symposium will be filmed and made available on The Frick Collection website. 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), Emily L. Spratt (spratt@frick.org), or Ellen Prokop (prokop@frick.org).

Image credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art (www.metmuseum.org)