This project would simultaneously enrich museum programming while advancing scientific understanding in the fields of visual perception and cognition. The team of interdisciplinary partners seeks to combine an art-historical approach to understanding images with the scientific understanding of high-level vision. An arts training program, developed in consultation with OCAD University, will use images of works of art from the collection of the Albright-Knox and draw from existing museum programs and workshops, as well as the basic elements taught in visual studies and introductory visual arts curricula.
In collaboration with the Albright-Knox, Vanderbilt University will test experimentally the impact of the training program on visual perception and visual cognition. The team hopes to use this information to develop a curriculum for enhancing high-level visual skills for people from all walks of life, establishing an even more vital role for the visual arts and arts organizations.