What Does Blackness Mean?
The Getty Center
Date: Sunday, May 1, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium
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Blackness is associated with elegance and formality (black tie), and the unknown and mysterious (black holes). In the Middle Ages, black became the color of ignorance, evil, and danger. But by the mid-20th century, black had begun to take on more affirmative connotations: a source of power and warmth, fecundity and life. How has the meaning of blackness changed over time? What role does it play in how we talk and think about art, race, and morality today, whether we are considering historical or contemporary issues? Organized and presented in partnership with Zocalo Public Square as part of the Getty/Zocalo "Open Art" initiative, this panel with John Harvey, author of The Story of Black, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, professor of art history at Harvard, and Katrin Trautwein, founder of paint company kt.COLOR considers these and related questions about a color that evokes a complicated set of emotions and associations. Moderated by Gregory Rodriguez, publisher of Zocalo Public Square.
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