Francesca Casadio: "Productive Affinities"

Francesca Casadio

Friday, October 12, 3:00 PM
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall
Ticket: free
Season: 2012-13

In cooperation with the Dallas Musuem of Art, Francesca Casadio, Andrew W. Mellon Senior Conservation scientist at the Art Institute of Chicago, talks about "Productive Affinities: Successful Collaborations Between Museums and Academia at the Interface of Science and Art".

Francesca Casadio joined the Art Institute of Chicago in July 2003 to establish and direct a state of the art conservation science laboratory. As the Museum’s first A.W Mellon Senior Conservation Scientist she is in charge of planning and carrying out scientific research in support of the preservation and study of the Museum’s collection. Dr. Casadio has also established and co-directs a research and education collaborative program in conservation science with Northwestern University that brings to bear techniques and cutting-edge scientific expertise available at the University to problems of interest to the museum community. Francesca Casadio received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from the University of Milan, Italy.

In 2006 Dr. Casadio was awarded the L’Oréal Art and Science of Color Silver Prize for distinguished contribution to the creative meeting of science and art through color with her collaborative research with Professor Richard P. Van Duyne of Northwestern University. Her work has been featured on air, online and in print on: reuters online media, US National Public radio, The Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, Italy’s  il Corriere della sera, il Sole 24 ore, Vogue Italia, radio rai, and other media.



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Directions to the Jonsson Performance Hall (JO)

From the north, take Synergy Parkway to Floyd Road, turning south to Lookout Drive. From the south, take Campbell Road to Waterview Parkway and turn north on Waterview. Turn east on Synergy Park Boulevard. Turn south on Floyd Road and head towards Lookout Drive. Prepare to stop at the four-way stop sign at the intersection of Floyd Road and Lookout Drive. Next, turn to head west on Lookout to drive onto the university campus. Prepare to make a right at the driveway. That is the entrance to Parking Lots A and B. After turning into the driveway, Parking Lot B will come first and Lot A is just beyond a dividing sidewalk. Find a green or gold spot and park. Use the safe walking path and head west toward campus. A large campus map (right) and Green Bridge appear at the end of path. Cross the Green Bridge, enter Green Hall (GR) and follow the signs to the Jonsson Performance Hall (JO 2.604). 
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