True Color: A Type of Bliss

Friday September 28: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Event Admission

Nothing in art rivals the power of color, the sharpest tool in the artist’s toolbox. It is potent even to the point of seeming dangerous. Josef Albers’ class at Yale began with a stern warning about inconstancy: “Color deceives continually.”

Color vs. line divides art history. Delacroix, Rothko, Kandinsky, Matisse and others fearlessly pushed color to the forefront of composition. Jung, Wittgenstein, Joyce and Pynchon explored its verbal complexities, while Debussy, Berlioz and Wagner set it to music. What is it about color that moves us so directly? The seamless connection to emotions and memories and the ecstasy of extreme optical effects test the bounds of conscious control. Maybe the danger factor is part of the pleasure. “What is color?” asked the philosopher Roland Barthes. “A type of bliss.”

Join Charles A. Riley, director of the Nassau Museum and author of Color Codes, for an interdisciplinary inquiry into the perils and pleasure of color.

Teacher: Charles Riley II is the director of the Nassau County Museum of Art, an arts journalist, curator and professor at Clarkson University. He graduated from Princeton and received his Phd from City College of New York. He is the author of thirty-two books on art, architecture and public policy. He recently published Free as Gods (University Press of New England).

Complimentary beer by our presenting partner Sixpoint Brewery.

Sixpoint’s motto is “Beer is Culture,” to highlight the human trajectory—the earliest human civilizations were founded upon the cultivation of cereal grains for making beer. Sixpoint aims to perpetually inspire the art, creativity, and collaboration generated through beer by acknowledging the history of the craft, while forging ahead to inspire culture in a modern setting.