Story posted April 24, 2012
Barbara M. Stafford will deliver a talk as part of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art Bicentennial Lecture series at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, 2012, in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.
Stafford's talk, titled "Slow Looking: The Art and Neuroscience of Visual Attention," is open to the public free of charge.
Stafford is the Distinguished University Visiting Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her work has consistently explored the intersections between the visual arts and the physical and biological sciences from the early modern to the contemporary era.
Her most recent book, Echo Objects: The Cognitive Work of Images (University of Chicago Press, 2007), charts the revolutionary ways the neurosciences are changing our views of the human sensoriam.
Stafford earned her bachelor of arts degree at Northwestern University, majoring in Continental Philosophy and Comparative Literature. She also spent a year at the Sorbonne in Paris, then returned to Northwestern for her master's in Art History. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art was established through the 1811 bequest of James Bowdoin III of 70 European paintings and a portfolio of 140 master drawings. Over the years, the collection has been expanded through the generosity of the Bowdoin family, alumni, and friends, and now numbers 18,500 objects.