Most recently, Lillian Schwartz created the first computer-generated graphics ever commissioned for the Museum of Modern Art and received the first Emmy ever awarded to a computer-generated Public Service Announcement.
In addition, Schwartz discovered the identity of the only authentic image of Shakespeare to be none other than Queen Elizabeth I. She previously solved the mystery of the models for the Mona Lisa and solved the 500 year-old puzzle of the perspective construction for Leonardo’s “Last Supper”. Schwartz now has the Last Supper work in Virtual Reality, allowing the viewer to move around the simulated refectory at Santa Maria delle Grazie to view the fresco as Leonardo intended.
Among the other firsts with which she is generally credited are:
1963. Use of wet paper technique for watercolors. Land of Nod. (Exhibited The National Academy American Watercolor Society).
1968. Fuse paints on acrylic by lamination. Prisoner. (Columbia U. Collection).
Established the computer as a medium for artistic expression in graphics, film/video, special effects and solving controversies in art analysis.
1970. Received Cine Golden Awards for Computer-generated Art Films. UFO’s; Pixillation, and 6 others.
1971. Invented a new editing technique by adding or inserting solid black frames to maintain the illusion that the colors retained their saturation as in “UFO’s” and “Enigma”, or in the black and white film “Googleplex”, the white appeared silver. (MOMA and AT&T Collection.)
1972. Changed the surface of plastic for sculpture. Sculpture # 3×11. (Newark Museum of Art Collection).
1972. Computer-generated graphic acquired by the Museum of Modern Art. (Poster for Knowlton for Mayor).
1972. Computer-generated Art Films invited to Cannes, Mutations and 2 others.
1972. Applied Land’s experiments to motion picture to give the illusion that there was color in a black and white film.. Enigma.
1976. Used the computer with film to express human activity from cradle to old age. Pictures From a Gallery.
1976. Created early Rock Video and coined the term. “On-Line”.
1977. Introduced artistic use of digital picture processing to Television. Trois Visage.
1977. Created the first Appropriation art by computer. “Homage to Duchamp”.
1978. Combined computer-generated effects with documentaries. Poet of His People-Pablo Neruda. (Funded by Corporation For Public Broadcasting and The New Jersey Public Television).
1985. Use of databases for the analysis of structure and palette choices used by artists such as Picasso and Matisse. The Visual Arts and Sciences. Vol. 75 Part 6. Transcations of The American Philosophical Society.
1985. Created the first computer-generated Public Service Announcement and was the first PSA in this medium to win an Emmy. The PSA was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art for the opening of the newly renovated MOMA.
1990. The first person to draw an electronic painting in the United States that appeared instantaneously in Germany using a pressure-sensitive electronic pen and an electrostatic writing and design tablet linked to computers. Schwartz was selected because of her expertise and facility with using the computer medium.
1991. Realized a method to preview OMNIMAX computer-generated film before final transfer to 70mm format.