Evidence & Expertise

November 9, 2016 - February 19, 2017

Carved figure

This exhibition presents three object case-studies from the Ackland’s permanent collection to consider the many types of knowledge used to determine an object’s authenticity.

Drawing from provenance records, connoisseur evaluations, and scientific investigation, Evidence & Expertise demonstrates how no single form of analysis provides a concrete answer about authenticity. Instead, it is only by assessing the various types of evidence together that it is possible to form conclusions.

This exhibition will be on view on the Ackland Art Museum’s second floor, during the third Study Gallery rotation of the Fall 2016 semester (9 November – 18 December) and the first rotation of the Spring 2017 semester (11 January – 19 February).

Co-curated by Katelyn Houston, PhD candidate in Chemistry, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Carlee Forbes, PhD candidate in Art History, UNC-Chapel Hill, with the assistance Stephanie Liffland, an undergraduate double-majoring in Chemistry and Art History at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Art For Lunch Talk: “Authentication: A Bridge Between Art and Science”
with Carlee Forbes and Katelyn Houston
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 12:30 p.m.

Image Credit: Unidentified Artist. Imitation of a Cycladic Figure. c. 1960. Naxian marble. 14-5/8 x 3-3/8 in. Ackland Fund, 66.14.1. Seen with a UV reflectography scan, which reveals the presence or absence of surface pigments.