MAILED: Aug. 28, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students and faculty, as well as Eau Claire area community members, will have the opportunity to meet a true Renaissance man when Alfred Bader visits the campus Sept. 10-12.
Bader is the founder of Milwaukee's Aldrich Chemical Co., and a world-renowned collector of Old Dutch paintings. His enthusiasm for chemistry and his passion for art have made him a favorite lecturer around the world.
While at UW-Eau Claire, Bader will present a lecture from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sept. 11 to an art history class. The lecture is titled "The Joy of Collecting Old Masters."
From 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sept. 11, Bader will meet with College of Business students to discuss the Aldrich Chemical Co.
From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Bader will give a public lecture titled "The Rembrandt Research Project." The lecture will be in Phillips Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Center.
The Rembrandt Research Project (RRP), made up of eminent Rembrandt scholars, examines paintings around the world attributed to Rembrandt. The group has seen all the works supposedly painted by the artist between his earliest days in Leiden in the 1620s and the painting of "The Night Watch" in Amsterdam in 1642. The RRP gives paintings examined an A, B or C rating - A for accepted, B for in doubt, and C for not by Rembrandt. During the years, the scholars have changed their minds on some of the paintings, transferring some A ratings into the C category and at least one C rating into the A category.
A reception and book signing session will follow the public lecture from 8:30 to 9:15 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Fine Arts Center. Bader's autobiography, "Adventures of a Chemist Collector," was published in 1995.
At 10 a.m. Sept. 12, Bader will visit the department of chemistry and deliver a talk titled "A Chemist Detective at Work."
Bader's connection to UW-Eau Claire began in 1982 when Aldrich Chemical presented chemistry professor Leo Ochrymowycz with the Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Award. Bader also helped fund the first student research assistantships in the chemistry department that year and in 1984 created the Leo Ochrymowycz Scholarship Fund for chemistry students.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 29, 1997