*Sold out* Living Room Salon | Pigment, Power, and Pathos: Red from the Renaissance to Rococo

Ted Barrow at Living Room

Tue, Feb 12 at 7:30 p.m.   |   90 minutes

We associate red with lust, hunger, and rage and over time the meaning of this powerful color has changed dramatically. Join us on this Sunday afternoon in Bed Stuy to look at the history of the color red with art historian Ted Barrow.

*This Olio is sold out*

Red is the color, par excellence, of desire and subjectivity. Why is that? Associated with lust, hunger, and rage, red is nonetheless seen differently by every set of eyes. The color of royalty and religious suffering, red acquired urgent significance from the 15-18th centuries, as new dyes from Mexico ignited trade wars abroad and adorned kings and courtiers in Europe. Join art historian Ted Barrow for an examination of red, exploring how color conveyed meaning and determined power relationships in Western Art. This wide-ranging exploration will engage key works from Bronzino to Watteau.

Teacher: Ted Barrow

Ted Barrow teaches in Barnard College's Pre-College Program over the summer, focusing on the relationship between art and film in New York City, and has taught art history courses at Baruch, City College, the College of Staten Island, and Brooklyn College. Barrow currently teaches at Cooper Union, and runs a popular satirical Instagram account about skateboarding (@feedback_ts).


Venue: Living Room

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