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Painting out azurite, ground, and levigated by students in the Making and Knowing Project Laboratory, Columbia University

Making and Thinking through Human-Material Interactions

Center Research Talks

  • Thursday, April 11, 2024
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • West Building Lecture Hall
  • Talks
  • Hybrid
  • Registration Required

Artists’ materials are not just tools—they also serve to guide the hands and as sources of inspiration. Join an in-depth presentation on how European artists and artisans developed their “material intelligence” through handwork. How did (and do) practitioners’ interactions with materials lead them to form concepts?

Pamela H. Smith is the Seth Low Professor of History at Columbia University and founding director of the The Making and Knowing Project and the Center for Science and Society. She is the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor at the National Gallery’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts for spring 2024.