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WAMReads: Color - Part 3
THURSDAY, JUN 18, 3:30-4:15PM

Free. Registration required.

Discover the tantalizing true stories behind your favorite colors. Join Dr. Emily Stamey, Curator of Exhibitions, for a three-part series on the history of color inspired by Victoria Finlay’s book, Color: A Natural History of the Palette. Bridging the genres of history and travelogue, Finlay explores the remarkable origins of different hues: yellow made from saffron to aid Cleopatra’s seductions, blue extracted from Afghan mines at a price so high even Michelangelo couldn’t afford to buy it, and red derived from insects to create brilliant lipsticks and Cherry Coke.

Following the chapters in the book and looking to examples from the Weatherspoon’s collection, we’ll explore the palette and its history. Whether you consider yourself well-versed in art, or are simply curious about color, we think you’ll enjoy these fun and visually appealing discussions.

Free. Register for one, two, or all three dates. Participants will receive details and a link when they register. All discussions will take place via Zoom.

June 4: Introduction, Ochre, Black, and Brown; Register HERE.

June 11: Red, Orange, and Yellow; Register HERE.

June 18: Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet; Register HERE.

Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay (ISBN: 978-0812971422; ISBN-10: 0812971426) is available online at Scuppernong Books:
Reading the book is not required for participation.

Dr. Emily Stamey is WAM’s Curator of Exhibitions. She holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Kansas and loves to explore contemporary art through multiple vantage points. Her recent exhibitions include To the Hoop: Basketball and Contemporary Art and Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World.


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Weatherspoon Art Museum
UNC Greensboro
500 Tate Street
Greensboro, NC 27402
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