The Getty Center
The Story of Black
Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Time: 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Location: Boardroom
Past Event

The Getty Art Book Club explores selected readings in a discussion group led by educators and other experts, followed by a related gallery tour.

Join us for an exploration of the color black and its varied symbolism in the global history of art and culture as we discuss The Story of Black (2013) by John Harvey. Asking how a single color can at once embody death, evil, and glamour, Harvey's book unearths the secret behind black's continuing power to compel and divide us. Literary Review described it as "A richly informative treat...written with unostentatious elegance...a book to instruct and delight."

Joining the book club conversation will be Harvey, professor at Emmanuel College in Cambridge, who has published widely on literature and visual culture, and Katrin Trautwein, chemist, color consultant, founder of the Swiss pigment manufacturer kt.Color, and author of The Color Black.

Participants should read the book (available for sale in the Museum Store) in advance.

Harvey and Trautwein recently participated in the panel discussion "What Does Blackness Mean?" on May 1 at the Getty Center.

Complements the exhibition Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawings and Prints.

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