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Learn about the Chemistry of Art at the MFA for the March NESACS Meeting

The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society

Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

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NESACS Board Meeting Only
This is for NESACS Board Members to attend the Board Meeting only, from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM.
2 Tickets Mar 19, 2018 Free $0.00
Reception Plus Meeting- March 2018 Monthly Meeting- Non-Member
These tickets are for non-members of the ACS who wish to attend the NESACS meeting.
Sold Out Mar 19, 2018 $35.00 $0.00
Reception Plus Meeting- March 2018 Monthly Meeting- ACS-Member
These tickets are available for active ACS Members who wish to attend the NESACS event.
Sold Out Mar 19, 2018 $30.00 $0.00
Reception Plus Meeting- March 2018 Monthly Meeting-Students
This ticket price is for undergraduate and graduate students with a valid student ID. You must register with an .edu address to qualify
Sold Out Mar 19, 2018 $10.00 $0.00
Reception Plus Meeting- March 2018 Monthly Meeting-Retirees
This ticket is for Senior Chemists who are members of the ACS and wish to attend this NESACS event.
Sold Out Mar 19, 2018 $20.00 $0.00

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Monthly Meeting

The 977th Meeting of the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Avenue of the Arts

465 Huntington Avenue

Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Please join us for a rare monthly meeting at the Museum of Fine Arts! Register early to guarantee your spot! Your registration fee will include a special presentation by MFA staff on the Science and Chemistry of art at the MFA. Entrance to the Museum ($25 value) will be included in your registration with a wine and cheese reception before the meeting and panel discussion. Please note that dinner will not be served. Restaurants will be open in the MFA if you would like to eat dinner before the NESACS meeting.

 

4:30 pm          NESACS Board Meeting

5:30 pm          free time to visit MFA galleries or to have dinner

6:30 pm          Social Hour/Reception

7:30 pm          Andrew Scholte, NESACS Chair-Elect, Presiding

The MFA requires that all those attending the event arrive ONLY at the State Street Corporation Fenway Entrance. Board Meeting only at 4:10-4:40 PM. All others must arrive between 5:30-6:40 PM

Speakers:

Richard Newman, Head of Scientific Research: welcome and introduction

Abigail Hykin, Objects Conservator: Treatment of Guanyin, a Chinese polychrome sculpture from the 12th century

The Song Dynasty sculpture of Guanyin, Boddhisattva of Compassion is one of the masterpieces in the MFA collection. The appearance of this painted, wooden sculpture has changed over the centuries, but a recent conservation treatment and technical study has led to a new understanding of its original materials and the techniques employed in its creation, including 12th century pigments and the use of tin metal as a base for kirikane(cut-gold leaf) decoration. The findings from the technical study are being used to determine if two smaller sculptures, acquired along with Guanyin in 1920, were created as a grouping.

Michele Derrick, Schorr Family Associate Research Scientist: Analysis of colorants on Japanese woodblock prints

Woodblock prints were produced in Japan since the 8th century. From simple black line images, they progressed to vibrant, full color printed images by the late 18th century. The MFA, with its renowned collection of more than 50,000 Japanese woodblock prints, has been the first museum to use a combination of visual and non-invasive spectroscopic techniques to systematically identify the inorganic and organic colorants used in their printing. This presentation will give an overview of the analysis techniques utilized to characterize the colorants on the prints.

Joel Thompson, Associate Textile Conservator: Analysis of a 3D-printed dress in the Textile and Fashion Arts collection

The MFA has recently acquired several 3D-printed garments and accessories. These pieces present unique and complex problems for long-term storage, exhibition, and conservation treatment. Of particular concern is a dress designed by Iris van Herpen and Neri Oxman and printed by 3D-printing giant, Stratasys. The dress was created as a prototype, using materials that were pushed to their limits, and as such was never intended to last beyond its runway moment. In its current deteriorated condition, the dress no longer accurately portrays that moment in time, and thus begs the question, “How do conservators care for the ephemeral?”

 

 

YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO ATTEND THE MEETING: 

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED - RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

 

•    For those who would like to join us for this meeting, register by noon, Monday March 19, 2018 at the NESACS Eventbrite page: https://chemistry-of-art-at-mfa.eventbrite.com Cost: Members, $30; Non-members, $35; Retirees, $20; Students, $10. First Time Attendees and Unemployed Chemists should register directly with Ms. Anna Singer, secretary@nesacs.org. 

 

If you have any questions or require additional information, contact the Administrative Coordinator, Anna Singer, via email at secretary@nesacs.org


FAQs

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

  • Visitors to the MFA have three self-parking options: the Huntington Lot, the Fenway Lot, and the Museum Road Garage, all of which have entrances on Museum Road. The Huntington lot offers closer parking to the Huntington Avenue Entrance and the Fenway parking lot is more accessible to the State Street Corporation Fenway Entrance.

 

 

 

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Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)


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The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society

The Northeastern Section of the ACS (NESACS) is a large section – nearly 6500 members, according to National ACS. On average, about one hundred members attend monthly section meetings. These meetings usually take place somewhere in the Boston area on the second Thursday of each month between September and May. In addition, the section has a vibrant Younger Chemists Committee (see www.nsycc.org), a very active medicinal chemistry sub-group, award-winning Public Relations Committee, and our Women Chemists Committee which oversee a wide range of additional activities. All of this happens, not through the will or efforts of the current Chair, but through the continued goodwill of our active membership, a very talented, hardworking and vibrant group of individuals representing a wide range of interests and backgrounds in the Boston area chemical sciences community. We are truly blessed as a section in which so many give so freely of their time, skills, and interests in service to the Section in many different capacities!

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