Prof. Robert Bachman was invited to present a poster at the 2016 Gordon Research Conference on Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research held July 31st to August 5th at Sunday River in Newry, Maine.
The poster entitled “A Technical Investigation of Josef Albers’s ‘Casa’ Series by X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy and Imaging Studies” discussed the results of Bachman’s study of two works by Albers during a research stay at the Indianapolis Museum of Art during the summer of 2015. The results of this work were also used to inform an exhibition called “On The Flip Side: Secrets On The Backs Of Paintings” which is currently ongoing at the IMA.
Bachman’s work and the exhibition were supported by the Dreyfus Foundation, the Associated Colleges of the South, The University of the South, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Gordon Research Conferences were initiated by Dr. Neil E. Gordon, of the Johns Hopkins University, who recognized in the late 1920s the difficulty in establishing good, direct communication between scientists, whether working in the same subject area or in interdisciplinary research. The Gordon Research Conferences promote discussions and the free exchange of ideas at the research frontiers of the biological, chemical and physical sciences. Scientists with common professional interests come together for a full week of intense discussion and examination of the most advanced aspects of their field. These Conferences provide a valuable means of disseminating information and ideas in a way that cannot be achieved through the usual channels of communication - publications and presentations at large scientific meetings.