ArtHistory ArtHistory Winter 2018

Colors of Sight & Sound

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Thursdays, February 8 – March 15, 2018

All lectures will be at the Triton Museum of Art, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Fee: $85 TMA members, $105 general admission
($20 drop-in fee per lecture)

We see color, we hear music, but do we ever stop to think about how these two components that we take for granted were shaped by the times, and how they in turn helped shape our perceptions of the world? In this six week survey, Deputy Director Preston Metcalf will guide us through the history of color, and then show us how music evolved in the same manner and progression as the visual arts we see in museums today.

Art History - Spring 2017

Weeks 1 - 3 (February 8, February 15, February 22): Art & Color

We often take the expansive array of colors at our disposal and in our views for granted, but the colors we see in the world were not always readily available for the artists’ palette. There was a time when ultramarine blue, for instance, was so expensive that it could only be used to paint the Madonna’s robes, and the Royal Purple of a king’s robes was his sole prerogative because of the rarity and difficulty of obtaining the ink from a tiny mollusk in the Baltic Sea. These are just two of the examples from the history of colors as we have learned to use them, and each color has its own story to tell.

Art History - Spring 2017

Weeks 4 - 6 (March 1, March 8, March 15): Art & Music

Like the visual arts, music also reflects the character and ideas of the times in which they were produced. Though utilizing two different vocabularies, both art and music express the same ideas and signaled the same changes at the same times in various cultures. In this half of our six week voyage, we will explore some of the more significant examples from both fields of creative expression to see and hear our story as composed by artists throughout history.

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