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Exhibition Details

Exhibition Name:

The Red that Colored the World

Description: Organized by the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico with generous support by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Red that Colored the World tells the big story of the tiny American cochineal insect, whose brilliant red dye at once altered the expressions of artists worldwide and spawned a revolutionary color grab of global proportions. From Antiquity to today, as symbol and hue, red has risen to the pinnacle of the color spectrum. Throughout art history, a broad red brushstroke has colored the finest art and expressions of daily life. Yet while most people know red, few know of its most prolific and enduring source: American Cochineal, a tiny scaled insect that produces carminic acid. Fewer still know the story behind its explosive global spread after its first encounter by Spain in 16th-century Mexico. The Red that Colored the World translates the cochineal story into three dimensions, following the precious bug juice and its use in art from Mexico and South America, to Europe, the U.S. and beyond. Highlighting textiles, sculpture, paintings, manuscripts, decorative arts, clothing and more—the exhibition explores the history of cochineal and the seductive visual nature of red. The objects reflect the unique international uses of color, revealing its role in the creative process and the motivations of artists in their choice of materials. Integrating a variety of interactive, visitor-friendly features and didactic materials, visitors are invited to look through the centuries to consider the central role of color in art, history and culture—as well as in their own lives. A major, award winning publication, A Red Like No Other (Rizzoli, 2015), delves deeper into cochineal’s visual mosaic with original contributions from international scholars whose writings on cochineal’s history, science, economics and use in art will appeal to scholars and general interest readers alike. All required casework, mounts, and text panels are included in the exhibition materials.
Category: Art
Primarily Consists Of: Objects, 3-Dimensional (in cases/vitrines)
Cost: Negotiable (contact us!)
Size: 3000
Venue Length: 16 weeks
Availability: March 2018 - August 2018
Special Requirements: Light and humidity control.
Previous Venues: current: Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Baton Rouge through January 2018
El Paso Museum of Art
Foosaner Art Museum Melbourne, FL
Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM (organizer)
Organization: GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions
Contact: Cynthia Graves
Address: PO Box 9601, Santa Fe, 87504 USA
Phone: 5059885839
Fax: 5059824145
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