Late Night Talk: The Secret Lives of Color

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In The Secret Lives of Color, author Kassia St Clair turns a lifelong obsession with color into a unique study of human civilization. St. Clair shares vivid histories behind seventy-five shades, dyes, and hues that, together, tell a global story about our relationship to color. With vignettes ranging from the caves of Lascaux to the color of emojis, van Gogh’s chrome yellow to whitewash that protected against the plague, The Secret Lives of Color offers rich insights into history, art, fashion, science, and politics.

Join the author for a talk about her experience researching and writing The Secret Lives of Color and some favorite selections. A book signing will follow the talk.

Kassia St Clair is a design and culture writer based in London. She is a regular contributor to radio shows, including NPR’s Marketplace and Radio 4. She has written about design and culture for publications such as The EconomistHouse & GardenQuartz, and the New Statesman, and she has been Elle Decoration’s columnist since 2013.

This talk is part of Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art.

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$10 public (some exhibitions require an additional $10 ticket), $5 students (with valid ID), FREE for DMA Members, FREE for children 11 and under