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Public programs compliment the special exhibition Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes

Media Contact:
Amy Mannarino
410-547-9000, ext. 277

Baltimore—The Walters Art Museum is pleased to present programming related to the special exhibition Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes on view Oct. 16, 2011–Jan. 1, 2012.


To register for adult programs, visit, call 410-547-9000, ext. 238 or email (unless otherwise noted).


Lunch & Learn with Principal Archimedes Conservator Abigail Quandt
Thursday, October 6, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Price: Free

Enjoy a lunchtime talk with Walters Senior Conservator Abigail Quandt, who began treatment of the Archimedes Palimpsest in 2000. Innovations were made to stabilize the leaves for digital imaging and for their final repair and mounting in custom frames. Referring to detailed notes of the process, Quandt will share an account of her work.

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Lost and Found: Opening Day Talk  by Curator Will Noel
Sunday, October 16, 2–3:30 p.m.
Price: Free

Exhibition curator Will Noel will share the story of the Archimedes Palimpsest, which resembles the plot of a mystery novel. From the birth of the texts in the cradle of western civilization to their obliteration in Jerusalem in 1229 to their recovery in Baltimore 700 years later, these documents faced an epic and perilous journey. Mario Livio, senior astrophysicist and author of “Is God a Mathematician?” will present a brief overview of Archimedes’ most important achievements.

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Fall Forum: The Archimedes Palimpsest
Saturday, November 12, 12–4:30 p.m.
Price: Free

The Fall Forum features scholars and scientists presenting a cross-discipline conversation while raising issues about the discovery and conservation of The Archimedes Palimpsest. Hear about groundbreaking techniques that saved the earliest surviving Archimedes manuscript, revealing much of what this Greek mathematician sketched in sand in Syracuse in the 3rd century B.C.

12:30–12:45 p.m. Fall Forum: The Archimedes Palimpsest Intro, Will Noel (moderator), Exhibition Curator of Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes, Curator of Manuscripts & Rare Books, The Walters Art Museum, co-author of The Archimedes Codex

12:45–1:30 p.m. Cultural Heritage Research at the Walters: What Will We Discover Next?, Glenn Alan Gates, Conservation Scientist, The Walters Art Museum

1:30–2:15 p.m. The Challenge of a Lifetime: Conserving the Archimedes Palimpsest, Abigail Quandt, Head of Conservation of Manuscripts and Rare Books, The Walters Art Museum

2:30–3:15 p.m. Seeing the Invisible Between the Lines–Imaging of the Archimedes Palimpsest, Roger Easton, Professor of Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology

3:15–4 p.m. Splashing out of the Bath: Archimedes and the Palimpsest, Reviel Netz, Professor of Classics and Philosophy, History of Pre-Modern Mathematics, Stanford University, co-author of The Archimedes Codex

4–4:30 p.m.  Panel Discussion

Lunch & Learn: Recovering Lost Ancestry
Thursday, December 1, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
For decades, Agnes Kane Callum has written and published about Maryland’s African American history. Tragically, more than 25 years of genealogical research was lost in a fire in 1996. Then 70, this historian and granddaughter of a Maryland slave began the slow process of reconstructing lost knowledge. Callum, 86, and her daughter, Martina Callum, will share their stories.


College and Arts Community Night
Thursday, September 22, 6–9 p.m.
Price: Free

Come for refreshments, music and a chance to win free exhibition tickets. This dynamic evening offers “card-carrying members” of colleges, universities and art organizations unique opportunities to learn more about the Walters and enjoy activities tied to the fall exhibition Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes. Hear museum director Gary Vikan and exhibition curator Will Noel chat about innovative collaborations with imaging scientists, conservators, top math scholars and others.

EUREKA! Jewelry Fair at the Walters
Friday, November 4–Sunday, November 6, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Price: $15 (includes entry to the special exhibition Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes, participation in a jewelry treasure hunt and access to the Jewelry Fair for the entire weekend)

The 8th annual Jewelry Fair will showcase 20 of America’s best jewelers in the Walters’ Sculpture Court. Pieces will vary in style from traditional to contemporary. The weekend will include lectures, a children’s jewelry making workshop, an opening night party, gallery talks with exhibiting jewelers and members of the Walters’ curatorial staff, and a unique Treasure Hunt offering visitors the chance to take home a piece of jewelry hidden within the galleries.


Price: Free with membership or special exhibition tickets to Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes. Meet at the Centre Street Lobby.
Sunday, October 23, 1 p.m. Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes
Sunday, November 6, 1 p.m. Lost and Found: Conservation Research at the Walters Art Museum


Evening for Educators: Archimedes
Thursday, October 27, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Price: Members $7; non-members $10

Enjoy extended hours just for educators. Event includes special exhibition admission fee, a guided tour of Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes, wine and light refreshments.


To register for family programs, visit, call 410-547-9000, ext. 300 or email (unless otherwise noted).


Every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Price: Free, no registration required
Recommended for children of all ages and their families. Drop-in, make and take a fantastic piece of art home with you.

October–Creative Kid Geniuses
How does that work? Inquiring minds want to know! We will investigate the connections between science and art. We’ll create sculptures that balance, decode puzzles and secrets, and learn how our eyes see color.

October 1–2 Geometric Puzzler
October 8–9 Color Lab
October 15–16 X-Ray Secrets
October 22 Family Festival of Discovery
October 23 Float Your Boat
October 29–30 Balance Beam Sculptures

November–Text Messages
Attention secret scribes! We will create all sorts of hidden messages. Using words and pictures, we will make mysterious messages, scrolls in disguise and secret sideways books.

November 5–6 Secret Scroll Messages
November 12–13 Erase & Reveal
November 19–20 Newspaper Palimpsests
November 26–27 Pictogram Messages

Family Festival of Discovery
Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Price: Free

What happens when you combine curiosity with creativity? This festival celebrates the connections between art, science, math and play. Learn about inventions created by artists, discover how scientists and artists have used art to answer questions and solve puzzles, and explore how creativity in one field can influence discoveries or breakthroughs in another. Create your own inventions; make experimental art projects; play with light and more!

Please note: All programs are subject to change. Please consult the museum’s website at prior to the date of the program to confirm.

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