Endlessly attractive and evocative of the most powerful emotions, the color red can create a range of responses. Depending on the amount of red, the shade, and the context, the color may invigorate or agitate, warm the heart or worry the mind, invoke sentiments of love, or luxury, or even aggression and violence. How does this one color have such a range of social and psychological associations? What are the natural materials artists have used to make objects with this lively color?
This new focus exhibition, featuring approximately 20 artworks from the museum’s collection, demonstrates how a diverse grouping of artists and makers across time periods, cultures, and mediums have used red to various effects. Stay tuned for further updates, as textiles and works on paper will be rotated during the course of the exhibition.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website