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AI Speaker Series: AI and art history

Members of the Case Western Reserve University community are invited to join the Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship for an AI Speaker Series event featuring Andrew Van Horn, the D. Keith and Margaret B. Robinson postdoctoral fellow in data science in art in the Departments of Physics and Art History at Case Western Reserve University.

Van Horn will lead a roundtable discussion with help from his colleagues Ken Singer, Mike Hinczewski, Mahamad Mahmoud and Clara Pinchbeck on their presentation, “Prudent Modeler of All That is Seen: Machine Learning and the Master’s Hand.” This discussion will be held Tuesday, May 9, from 1 to 1:45 p.m. in the second-floor presentation area in Sears think[box]. There also will be a virtual option for those who cannot attend in person.

“AI in art and art history is a controversial subject,” said Van Horn. “The aesthetic and ethical questions raised by generative AI ‘artists’ are ubiquitous, of course, but increased use of AI in art historical analyses has led to questions about its accuracy (among other things).

“We’re using AI to attribute areas of a painting to members of a master’s workshop (specifically El Greco). Our work is unique because of the kind of data we use and the AI method we apply. However, we also have a unique mix of quantitative and qualitative minds working together on this project. For us, the modern techniques and classical art historical analyses can, and should, go hand-in-hand,” said Van Horn.

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